TRA V E LL E R ’ S C H OI C E : T H E M U S E U M O F A FR A S I A B , S A M A R K A N D – TAASA Review December 2013


This article was originally found in the December 2013 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 22, Issue 4, Page 28).

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Sandra Forbes S amarkand is, of course, most visited for its glorious medieval Islamic architecture from the time of Tamerlane.

However, it can offer surprises.

These include an important work created by quite another culture some centuries earlier: the painted walls of a 7th century CE royal palace from Samarkand’s predecessor, Marakanda, city of those unique and vigorous Central Asians known as Sogdians...