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Markets of Samarkand.

Visiting Samarkand markets.

“If you follow the ancient maps written on the stars, no person will ever understand you. So if you could read these maps, would you follow them? And forever be misunderstood? Or would you close your eyes tightly and pretend to be like everyone else?” 

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Leisure package tour in Samarkand.

In the VIII - XIII centuries, the territory, now occupied by the central bazaar, was a center of southern trade and craft rabad (suburb) of Samarkand. In its heyday, rabad included even the Registan square.
At the end of the XIII – XIV centuries, this territory became a heart of reviving Samarkand, after dying of urban life on Afrasiab. For centuries, workshops and shops, warehouses and caravanserais between Registan and Afrasiab were the center of Samarkand public life.
It was a place where merchants from China, India and Iran met, bought and sold the goods. Usually, public holidays were arranged here. The central bazaar nearby Bibi-Khanym has practically lost old structures, but preserved spirit of ancient trading culture of the great city.
The ancient craft is represented by numerous traditional workshops where wood carvers, coppersmiths, jewelers and potters still work. Nearby there are numerous pavilions for tea taking - choikhana, filled with the atmosphere of traditional Samarkand hospitality. 

Alexey Arapov. Samarkand. Masterpieces of Central Asia. Tashkent, San’at. 2004

are used from Turkestan an album the general-governor of Turkestani of province Kaufman.