7 Sights of Samarkand - Uzbekistan

7 Sights of Samarkand – Uzbekistan

Samarkand is one of the most ancient cities in the world, whose worthy age of 2750 is on a par with Rome, Athens and Babylon – it was originally known as “Maracanda”. A great trading city of the past, the capital of many kingdoms – from ancient Sogdiana to the medieval empire of Tamerlane – Samarkand is considered the birthplace of the world famous Samarkand silk paper. High quality silks and velvets, jewelry and stained glass were produced there.

Today, this second largest city of Uzbekistan with a population of over 400 thousand people is a harmonious combination of the modern economic achievements of independent Uzbekistan with the charm and grandeur of the world famous architectural monuments of Samarkand, listed by UNESCO as a world heritage.

1. The Registan Square

Registan Square is the “heart” of Samarkand. The social and official center of Samarkand today consists of three grandiose buildings: Ulugbek Madrasah (1417-1420), Sher-Dor Madrasah (1619-1636) and Tilla-Sheikh Madrasah (1619-1636). All buildings are richly decorated with glazed bricks, majolica tiles and carved – the so-called “kashina” – mosaics, the buildings have retained their original appearance and high spirit of medieval Muslim culture.

Registan Square
Registan Square, Sights of Samarkand

2. Mausoleum of Gur-Emir ( Gur-Emir mausoleum)

Gur-Emir can be translated from Persian as “tomb of the emir.” It was originally built by Tamerlane for his beloved grandson, Muhammad Sultan, who died in 1403. Later, this place became the burial place of Tamerlane himself, his two sons – Miranshah and Shakhrukh – and his grandson, the great astronomer Ulugbek.

The mausoleum is a monocotyledonous structure with a burial vault. The octagonal body of the building is crowned with a ribbed dome (14.5 m in diameter, 12.45 m in height) on a high drum. The dome is the main decorative element of the mausoleum. Thick turquoise blue twisted stripes make the dome particularly expressive.

Mausoleum of Gur-Emir
Mausoleum of Gur-Emir, Samarkand Landmarks

3. Mausoleum of Khoja Doniyar ( The Haji Daniyar)

The mausoleum is one of the most important places of religious pilgrimage in Samarkand, equally revered by representatives of three world religions: Muslims, Christians and Jews. The name of the place has a connection with Daniel from the Old Testament, the one who calmed the lions in Babylon’s box. They say that the sacred remains were brought by Tamerlane from the Iranian city of Shush (ancient Suzy) during his 7-year campaign (1399-1404) against Iran, Turkey and Syria. (more…)

Doha Most Famous Landmarks – Qatar

1. Doha Corniche

The Corniche is undisputedly the most attractive part of Doha, lined with iridescent skyscrapers with breathtaking green surroundings and remarkable modern architecture. The Corniche  is a coastal boulevard lined with palm trees and a horseshoe-shaped roadway 7 kilometers long. Corniche,  one of the most popular destinations with tourists, locals, bikers and runners. The embankment changed Doha’s coastline in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

During the day, you can admire the incredible colors of Doha Bay; In the evening you can enjoy the beautiful view of the beautiful sunset; and at night to see the magnificent colors of the city lights reflected from the calm water.

Doha Corniche
Doha Corniche

2. Barzan Towers

The recently renovated towers, located in the suburb of Doha in the village of Umm Salal Mohammed, were built between 1910 and 1916. Barzan means “high place”, and the towers may have served as an observation post to protect local water sources and an observatory for determining the dates of the lunar calendar. The buildings were restored in 2003, the towers are 16 meters high.

Barzan Towers Doha
Barzan Towers Doha

3. Islamic Cultural Center

The Islamic Cultural Center – also known as FANAR, is a spiral mosque, one of the most famous landmarks in Doha. This is not a traditional Qatari mosque, but a replica of the Al-Mutawakila Great Mosque in Samarra, Iraq. It is a great introduction to Islam through interesting exhibitions, and among other things, you can get Arabic lessons there.

Islamic cultural center
Islamic Cultural Center

4. The Museum of Islamic Arts

Created by the world renowned architect, IM Pei (the architect of the Louvre pyramid), the Museum of Islamic Art is one of the main cultural attractions in Doha. It has the largest collection of Islamic art in the world, gathered from three continents over a period of 1400 years. Located in MIA Park on Doha’s waterfront, it stands out for its architectural style. The interior is equally impressive as the geometric patterns of the Islamic world adorn the entire interior of the museum. This place is a must-see for any tourist. (more…)

Doha Most Famous Landmarks - Qatar
Irkutsk Tourist Attractions - Russia

Irkutsk Tourist Attractions – Russia

Polish Church

The brick, Roman Catholic Church was built on the site of the burned down wooden church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, whose parishioners were mainly exiled Poles who were exiled to Siberia after the uprising in 1830. Work continued from 1881 to 1884. This church is the only building of the Gothic architectural style in Irkutsk. After the restoration, the organ hall of the Irkutsk Philharmonic Society was opened in the Polish Church.

Polish Church Landmark of Irkutsk
Polish Church Landmark of Irkutsk

White House in Irkutsk

The house was built by the sons of the Irkutsk merchant Sibiryakov in 1804. This building soon became known as the Sibiryakov Palace. The White House has been the richest and most majestic building in Irkutsk for over 100 years, and even now it makes an indelible impression on travelers. In 1837, the building was purchased as a residence for the Governor – General of Eastern Siberia. Since 1939, the White House has been serving as a scientific library of Irkutsk State University.

White House Irkutsk Tours in Eastern Siberia
White House Irkutsk Tours in Eastern Siberia

Monument to Alexander III

The Monument to Alexander III was erected in 1908 in honor of the completion of the construction of the Siberian railway. The area around the monument has become one of the city’s favorite public recreational areas. In 1920, the bronze sculpture of the emperor was removed from the pedestal. ESSD pledged to restore the monument to the 100th anniversary of the Transsib, which was done in 2003, the emperor again took his place on the pedestal.

The monument consists of the figure of Alexander III, standing on top of a pedestal. The pedestal made of red Finnish granite is decorated with sculptural portraits of three people who were directly involved in the conquest of Siberia: Ermak (date of birth unknown – 1585), the chieftain of the kosh. He did a lot with his campaigns of 1581-1585 to annex Siberia to Russia. Mikhail Speransky (1772-1839), Russian statesman, count, author of many bills and reforms in the early 19th century. In 1819 he was appointed Governor-General of Siberia, where he initiated a reform in the management of the region.

Upon returning to St. Petersburg in 1821, he became one of the founders of the Siberian Committee for Russian Affairs beyond the Urals. Nikolay Muravyov-Amursky (1809-1881), Count, Russian statesman, diplomat. As governor of the Yenisei province, governor-general of Eastern Siberia between 1847 and 1861, he did much for the development and study of Eastern Siberia. He contributed to the development of the region, the expansion of trade with the support of geographical and exploration expeditions, and was also an emissary of Russia and signed a Treaty with China in 1858. (more…)

San Francisco Landmarks - United States

San Francisco Landmarks – United States

1. Golden Gate Bridge

Golden Gate Bridge. it is a true icon of San Francisco and California and the main attraction of San Francisco.

The Golden Gate Suspension Bridge across the Golden Gate Strait connects San Francisco with southern Marin County and other areas north of the city.  Inaugurated  on May 28, 1937, the construction of the bridge lasted 4 years, at the time of its completion, it was the longest suspension bridge in the world in 1964, became the second longest in the world. The bridge, illuminated in the evening, is about 3 kilometers away.

Golden Gate Bridge
Golden Gate Bridge

2. Alcatraz Island

The infamous Alcatraz Prison for Highly Dangerous Criminals located on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay is one of the most famous prisons in the United States. In Alcatraz sat one of the most famous criminals in the world, Mafia boss Al Capone. The island is also now known as a nesting site for seabirds.

The prison, built in 1868, functioned for almost 100 years, until in 1963 three prisoners made a daring escape, which ended successfully for the prisoners, they were never found, in the same year the prison was closed. And in 1973, Alcatraz opened its doors to tourists and despite the initial skepticism, it turned out that Alcatraz is popular with tourists and over time, the prison turned into a tourist attraction in San Francisco.

You can visit the island by ferry that runs constantly between the island and the city. A tour of Alcatraz takes 1.5 hours, but you need to book it in advance.

Official website:  www.nps.gov/alca

Alcatraz Island
Alcatraz Island

3. Fisherman’s Wharf

One of the most popular tourist areas in San Francisco is the Fishing Wharf. The pier got its name during the gold rush; fishermen from all over the area gathered here. Fisherman’s Wharf is located in northeast San Francisco and is a Marine Historical National Park. In addition to the national park, the famous sights of the fishing pier are also: the old chocolate factory, the cannery, the Girardelli square and of course pier 39.

Pier 39, now probably one of the most popular places in San Francisco, is home to the Californian Sea Lions.

For lovers of military history, the fishing pier will delight with ships and a submarine from the Second World War.

Fisherman's Wharf
Fisherman’s Wharf

4. Cable Cars

The first cable car was commissioned in 1873 to help locals navigate the city, which is located on the hills. Now the  few remaining funiculars offer tourists a great way to explore the city on their own. Since 1964, these trams have been declared a historical monument. Powell Mason and Powell Hyde are the most scenic routes.

Official website:  www.sfcablecar.com (more…)

Pearl of the Danube, Budapest – Hungary

Budapest
Budapest

Budapest as the Hungarian capital was established in the administrative concept of the word only in 1873, when three cities were united: Buda, Obuda and Pest. Their history goes back to ancient times, when in the 1st century BC a Celtic settlement appeared on the banks of the Danube, significantly expanded by the Romans, who ruled in these places until the 4th century.

Budapest 2
Budapest

If the face of the quarters of modern Buda was determined by the Middle Ages and later the Baroque style, then the style of old Pest – a city surrounded by a wall, lying on the left bank – is determined by the popular in the first half of the twentieth century: classicism and romance.

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Budapest

During our excursion, we will visit the quarter of the Buda Fortress, the main dominant of which is now the Matyasha Church, erected on a medieval foundation in 1896. Next to the temple are the walls of the Fisherman’s Bastion, named after the type of activity of the workers of the workshop, who were entrusted with the mission of protecting the part of the fortress wall located in this place.

Budapest 4
Budapest

Budapest, Hungary

From it, along the old burgher streets, we will walk to the Royal Palace, where the Hungarian National Gallery is now located, and we will go down to the most famous bridge in Budapest. The Chain Bridge was the first city bridge to connect large areas of Pest and Buda. (more…)

Pearl of the Danube, Budapest - Hungary
Daily Walking Tour of Paris - France

Daily Walking Tour of Paris – France

Paris
Paris

On our friendly walk you will get acquainted with the non-trivial history of Paris, plunge into the romantic atmosphere of the city and look at it through the eyes of local residents. We will not only walk through the sights that start Paris, but also tell you about life in the capital, the French mentality and the most delicious places in the city!

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Paris

What awaits you

Depending on the day of the week, you will take one of two intense routes – Red or Blue. These are two interesting and completely different stories about Paris, but either of them is suitable for the first acquaintance with the city.

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Paris

Red Route: Parisian façade

You will explore iconic sights that are worth visiting on the first day of your trip: the Elysee Palace – the symbol of the French Republic, the famous Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomphe, the most beautiful bridge in Paris, the cathedral in which Napoleon I is buried, and of course, the legendary Eiffel Tower

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Paris

Blue Route: Paris’s hidden treasures

You will see the Place de la Concorde, the Bourbon Palace and Musée d’Orsay, the Saint-Sulpice church and the magnificent Luxembourg Gardens, as well as several atmospheric places that are known only to true Parisians. You will learn what French cuisine can surprise you and hear interesting and even shocking stories from the life of the city! (more…)

Best Images of Wray Castle - United Kingdom

Best Images of Wray Castle – United Kingdom

Wray Castle Images
Wray Castle Images

Wray Castle is located in the village of Clayfe, Cumbria, England. The castle and its grounds are owned by the British National Trust, but the castle has recently been opened to the public.

Wray Castle Images 2
Wray Castle Images

Wray Castle is a classic example of Victorian Gothic Revival, built in 1840 for Dr. James Dawson, a retired Liverpool military doctor. At the same time, the Ray Church was built not far from the castle. In 1877, after the death of Dr. Dawson, his distant relative Wardwick Rawnsley became vicar of the church. He was very worried about the very urgent problem of pollution of villages in connection with the development of science and technology.

It was Wardwick Ronesley, together with renowned philanthropists Octavia Hilly Sir Robert Hunter, who became the founder of the British National Trust for Historical Interest or Natural Beauty. The idea of ​​preserving historical and natural objects for the memory of descendants was put forward by the English poet and artist John Ruskin.

Wray Castle Images
Wray Castle Images

Wray Castle

The Wray Castle is associated with another key figure in the life of the National Trust – the famous children’s writer Beatrice Potter. Here, at the age of 16, she spent the summer in 1882, and in 1905, with the money received from the publication of her first books, she bought the Hill Top house, located next to the castle. Later, Beatrice Potter became the owner of numerous lands in this area, but she never acquired the castle itself.

Wray Castle Images
Wray Castle Images

In 1929, Wray Castle and the 64-acre land surrounding it were donated to the National Trust. Since that time, the castle has been used for various purposes, including as a correctional center. In 2011, the National Trust decided to lease the castle to be turned into a luxury hotel, but instead just opened it up to the public. At the moment, Wray Castle is very popular with tourists, especially among children. (more…)