Notes on the Geography of Uzbekistan: Samarkand: Photo 10
In case you're wondering what, exactly, the Soviets rebuilt, here's a photo of the Ulug Beg mosque in the 1890s. The pishtaq is stripped and crumbling. The courtyard has been reduced to a single story of rooms used for storage. The Registan itself is a market square.
This and other upcoming historic photographs of Samarkand are from the wall of the State Museum of the Cultural History of Uzbekistan, where they appear without credit. A good collection of historic Samarkand photographs has been published, however, by Vitaly Naumkin as Caught in Time: Great Photographic Archives I: Samarkand (1992). Another source: Hugues Krafft, A Travers le Turkestan Russe (1902).
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