Photographer's Note

Back in the Registan of Samarkand with a night view of the madrasah on the right of this big square.
The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty, now in Uzbekistan. The name Rēgistan means Sandy place or desert in Persian.
The Registan was a public square, where people gathered to hear royal proclamations, heralded by blasts on enormous copper pipes called dzharchis - and a place of public executions. It is framed by three madrasahs (Islamic schools) of distinctive Islamic architecture.
The three madrasahs of the Registan are: the Ulugh Beg Madrasah (1417–1420), the Tilya-Kori Madrasah (1646–1660) and the Sher-Dor Madrasah (1619–1636). Madrasah is an Arabic term meaning school.

Sher-Dor Madrasah (1619–1636)
In the 17th century the ruler of Samarkand, Yalangtush Bakhodur, ordered the construction of the Sher-Dor and Tillya-Kori madrasahs. The tiger mosaics with a rising sun on their back, on the face of each madrassa arch are interesting, in that they flout the ban in Islam of the depiction of living beings on religious buildings, especially as they represent the more ancient Persian Mithraic religious motifs.


La madrasa Cher-Dor o Sher-Dor (che significa che porta dei leoni). È una madrasa di Samarcanda in Uzbekistan. Si affaccia sulla piazza Registan ed è elencata come patrimonio mondiale dell'UNESCO dal 2001, con altri monumenti di Samarcanda. Esso costituisce un notevole complesso architettonico assieme alla Madrasa Ulugh Beg e la madrasa Tilla Kari che si trovano nelle vicinanze.Altre info su Wikipedia.

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