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"The Capmakers' bazaar" Top 5 Page for this destination Registan Tip by TheWanderingCamel

Registan, Samarkand: 51 reviews and 137 photos

  18th century bazaar
by TheWanderingCamel
  • 18th century bazaar - Samarkand
      18th century bazaar
    by TheWanderingCamel
  • Problems with salt and water - Samarkand
      Problems with salt and water
    by TheWanderingCamel

Samarkand's Registan served as the city's main market place for centuries. Indeed, Ulugh Beg tore down a covered cap-makers' bazaar opposite his medressa to construct a hostel for dervishes. This in turn was pulled down to make way for the Sher Dor medressa, an indication of the ever-evolving ebb and flow of building and rebuilding here in the heart of the city.
Now, behind the north-east corner of the square there is, once again, a capmakers bazaar, built in the 18th century from the materials of the, by then, ruinous Bibi Khanum mosque. Caps are no longer its sole trade item - the days of whole bazaars dedicated to one trade are long gone, but its domed shape is very reminiscent of the ubiquitous doppi - the skull cap worn by Uzbek men of all ages.

White patches on the bare brick of the building clearly demonstrates the salinity and water table problems that beset the caretakers of these magnificent buildings.

Directions: The capmakers bazzar is set back from the corners of the Sher Do and Tilly -Kari medressas, just a minute away from the Registan.

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  • Updated Dec 7, 2009
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