Notes on the Geography of Uzbekistan: Samarkand: Photo 1
The focal Registan or "sandy place." The oldest building is the one on the left. It's the Ulug Beg madrasa of 1417-20. (Ulug Beg was a grandson of Tamerlane.) The building facing it is the Shir Dor or "House of the Lion" madrasa. Two centuries newer, it was built by an ambitious governor named Yalangtush Bakhadur between 1611 and 1636. Straight ahead is the newest building of the set (1646-60): it's the Tillya-Kari or "gold-embossed" madrasa and jami masjid, or Friday mosque. It's another project of Yalangtush Bakhadur. All three were renovated by the Soviets.
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