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I usually don't like to go to cemeteries for my photo shoot, but there's is an exception here in Samarkand. This Shakhi Zinda Complex is a large group of mausoleums some as early as 11th or 12th Century, others from the 14th Century. Many important people are buried here, such as the Great Amer Timur or known in the west as Tamerlane - the "Conqueror of Central Asia" It's is one of those hidden gems as we are presented with a series of well preserved, gigantic and colourful tombs. The sheer scale of the site’s majesty surrounded by an array of turquoise blue & green that come from the finest majolica and terracotta tilework, had me spellbound and taken aback by such beauty with which each detail had been crafted with such precision.

This is a photographer's haven as every angle is so different and all because of this vibrant colours appear at every turn!! Visitors and pilgrims visit this site daily where they pray for the deceased and hope a visit here would bring them peace and blessings

In one of the mausoleums, a placard translated into English quoted Timur:

" If you have doubts in our might and power, look at our monuments "
You couldn’t argue.....


Setting: 18 mm, 1/100 sec, F11, ISO Raw 200, 0815 hrs & Polarised

Additional pictures:
Workshop1: Avenue of mausoleums
Workshop2: Those blue tiled mosaics are exquisite!

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