Oh, great Samarkand, the city of sciences and art, is there anyone in the world who does not know your most famous attraction — the Registan Square?
Time is so ironic — once the main square of each city was called “registan”, which in Farsi means “sandy place”. Now, this is the unique name of your architectural ensemble.
The history of your famous monument began in the 15th century, when merchants, scientists, craftsmen and artists travelled along the six main roads of the Great Silk Road to visit you.
At the time of the Timurids, your Registan was a sales area and resting place for your citizens. The square also played a special role in public life and governance — there town criers read orders, military commanders mustered their troops, executioners punished criminals, and rulers held great feasts.
There are three splendid buildings on the Registan Square:
The madrassah is a rectangular building with the facade facing the center of the Registan. The most educated persons hold classes in the rooms of the landmark. Even your ruler, great Samarkand, Mirzo Ulugbek, personally gave lecturers there.
Next to your main ensemble, great Samarkand, there is the dome of the Chorsu Bazaar, which used to be a trade pavilion and now is a gallery of fine arts.
In 2001, the unique Registan Square was included on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
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