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An untold tale from Central Asia – Uzbekistan in pictures

Uzbekistan, by Ben Smethers

Uzbekistan, by Ben Smethers

As I’ve tried to point out in other posts, there are many countries under the auspices of a more general category known as off the beaten path. I stand by the belief that not being the top-of-mind option for travelers isn’t necessarily an indicator of its actual quality as a destination. In fact, most of the times, this etiquette is all about the lack of popularity instead of the place itself. Uzbekistan is one of the many examples on the list of mislabeled destinations, and the photos in this post make this statement ring most true.

The Architecture

The stunning ancient high culture with exceptional patterns should be enough of a characteristic to make a place famous. Most of the Eastern historians mentioned the majesty of ancient conurbations such as Bukhara, Samarkand or Khiva. These places of residence and aristocracy used to tell a story of madrasah, mausoleums and evergreen gardens.

Registan, Uzbekistan by Ben Smethers

Registan, Uzbekistan by Ben Smethers

Registan, Uzbekistan by Ben Smethers

Registan, Uzbekistan by Ben Smethers

Jiva, Uzbekistan, by Ben Smethers

Jiva, Uzbekistan, by Ben Smethers

Samarkand architecture by Mariusz Kluzniak

Samarkand architecture by Mariusz Kluzniak

A gateway to history in Uzbekistan, by Ben Smethers

A gateway to history in Uzbekistan, by Ben Smethers

A golden Uzbekistan by mariusz kluzniak

A golden Uzbekistan by mariusz kluzniak

Stunning tower, by Ben Smethers

Stunning tower, by Ben Smethers

Beautiful sunset over the city by Ben Smethers

Beautiful sunset over the city by Ben Smethers

Remarkable mosaic, by Ben Smethers

Remarkable mosaic, by Ben Smethers

Opulence by Jose Javier Martin Espartos

Opulence by Jose Javier Martin Espartos

Samarcanda, Uzbekistan by  Carlos R. de Queros

Samarcanda, Uzbekistan by Carlos R. de Queros

Sunset over Bukhara - Uzbekistan by M.Bob

Sunset over Bukhara – Uzbekistan by M.Bob

The people

The majority of people live in the rural areas, which makes them closer not only to the nature, but to their traditions and cultural inheritance as well. They’re warm and open, and there is no language barrier to stop them from being hospitable.

Beautiful girl in the City Museum of Bukara by Jose Javier Martin Espart

Beautiful girl in the City Museum of Bukara by Jose Javier Martin Espart

Man in Bukhara by Ben Smethers

Man in Bukhara by Ben Smethers

Street performers, by Jose Javier Martin Espartos

Street performers, by Jose Javier Martin Espartos

Seller at the market, by Ben Smethers

Seller at the market, by Ben Smethers

People in Uzbekistan by Your Local Connection

People in Uzbekistan by Your Local Connection

Mercado De Chorsu by Pilar Peris

Mercado De Chorsu by Pilar Peris

The places

People have always been connected to their places, since before all the opulent architecture we can admire today. That’s why all over the country every single location is the living proof of a rich, sumptuous culture – not always in the palaces, sometimes even the poorest shed speaks of the people’s most inner values and beliefs. What makes the entire country so special is the very intimate connection between people and their places – the marks they’ve left on the fields they’ve lived on since ancient times.

Nature blending in, by Mauro

Nature blending in, by Mauro

On the Streets of Ancient Ichan Kala - Uzbekistan by Your Local Connection

On the Streets of Ancient Ichan Kala – Uzbekistan by Your Local Connection

The ship graveyard by Carlo Tancredi

The ship graveyard by Carlo Tancredi

Beautiful view in Bukhara by Boaz

Beautiful view in Bukhara by Boaz

A country of contradictions by Pilar Peris

A country of contradictions by Pilar Peris

A country of symbols by Antonio Ciufo

A country of symbols by Antonio Ciufo

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