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

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…)

Banyuwangi Top Landmarks - Indonesia

Banyuwangi Top Landmarks – Indonesia

Banyuwangi Indonesia
Banyuwangi Indonesia

Translated from the Indonesian language, Banyuwangi means “fragrant water”, which is associated with a local legend. It is the easternmost city on the island of Java, from where dawn begins, casting its first rays of sunshine on the lush green and most populous island. Banyuwangi County covers an area of ​​5800 sq. km, including the southern beaches washed by the Indian Ocean, the impressive Raung volcano at 3282 meters above sea level and the Merapi volcano at 2800 meters above sea level.

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Banyuwangi Indonesia

The city of Banyuwangi will open up an amazing world of wild animals roaming freely in Alas Purwo Park, which is the oldest nature reserve on the island of Java. Here you can hike the savannah of Baluran Park or visit the secluded and unspoiled beaches of the Pulau Merah or G-Land Islands, as well as go to Sukamade Beach, which is returned every year. turtles for laying eggs. In the city of Banyuwangi, Indonesia, trackers can climb the stunning crater of the Ijen volcanic complex by night, and enjoy the views of blue flames that emerge from the yellow sulfur cliffs.

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Banyuwangi Indonesia

How to get there

For most of the attractions around Banyuwangi, it is best to rent a car at the airport, or through a hotel or travel agent. When renting a car, be sure to make sure it is durable and comfortable, especially if you are planning to visit mountainous areas or rugged nature reserves, despite the fact that even dirt roads are generally good here.

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Banyuwangi Indonesia

If you want to sail from Bali , take a ferry from Gilimanuk Port on the western tip of Bali to Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi City. You can also travel by car from Surabaya or any other major city in East Java to Banyuwangi, Indonesia. (more…)

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park - Indonesia

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park – Indonesia

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park
Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is located on the Indonesian island of Java, east of the city of Malang and the south-east of the city of Surabaya. It is one of the most popular national parks in Java thanks to the cluster of volcanoes around Mount Bromo. The main attraction of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park lies in the beautiful surrounding landscape, which has become one of the most iconic symbols of Indonesia and the hallmark of this country. Highly recommended for those interested in volcanoes.

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Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

Short description

Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is named after two peaks – Mount Semeru (the highest on the island of Java), Mount Bromo (the most popular among tourists) and Tenggers – local residents who inhabit the mountainous area of ​​the park.

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Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

Mount Bromo is the most visited part of the National Park by tourists. The entire summit of Mount Bromo (an altitude of 2329 m above sea level) was destroyed by a volcanic eruption, and its crater continues to periodically emit vapors of white sulfur smoke. The mountain is located inside the massive Tengger caldera with a maximum width of 10 km. Mount Bromo is usually visited from the neighboring village of Cemoro Lawang. From this village on foot to the volcano about 45 minutes. But first (at dawn) the mountain is viewed from the observation deck of Mount Penanjakan, and only then they descend to the bottom of the caldera to the volcano itself.

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Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park

On the territory of the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park is the highest peak of the island of Java – Mount Semeru with a height of 3676 m. Climbing to its peak takes two days, does not require special skills and equipment, but is designed for physically strong people. (more…)

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Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park - Thailand

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park – Thailand

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park Thailand
Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park Thailand

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park in the Thailand province of Pranburi received its coastal park status in 1996. It is located six dozen kilometers from Hua Hin, and its long name is translated into Russian as “a mountain with three hundred peaks.”

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Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park Thailand

Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park in Pranburi

The area of ​​Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park is over 98 square kilometers, 20 of which are water resources. Most of the land is covered with limestone hills and mountains, which form steep cliffs above the abysses. The highest peak of this park in Pranburi reaches 605 meters above sea level. Over time, the limestone wears away for natural reasons, resulting in the formation of numerous cliffs and caves.

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Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park Thailand

The main attractions of the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park are its magnificent sandy shores, mysterious caves, dense evergreen forests, along which convenient hiking trails, etc. You can also explore this park from the water by taking a boat trip along the river. One of the natural attractions here is the largest freshwater swamp in all of Thailand.

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Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park Thailand

As for the inhabitants of the Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park, more than three hundred species of birds have been seen here, including songbirds, waterfowl and birds of prey. A rare purple heron can be seen in the freshwater swamp in this park in Pranburi, Thailand. Visitors can also meet kingfishers, lizards, large crabs, herons, macaques, langurs, squirrels, etc. in this park. The best hours to watch wildlife at Khao Sam Roi Yot National Park in Pranburi are early morning or sunset hours. (more…)

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