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The two first pictures here show how the Registan may have looked like in the past. These are artist?s views, but they show how different from today it is: the Registan is represented full of life (well, despite the heads on the spears. . . )!
Main picture: This painting from V. V. Vershagin (1871, Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow) shows much more than just the nude architecture and folklore we see today! This kind of scene probably fascinated more the travellers than the buildings which were in very bad shape until their ?renovation? during the end of the soviet period.
Picture 2: This end 16th century drawing (in Samarcande-Boukhara-Khiva, by P. Chuvin, Flammarion,2001) shows the city of Samarqand around the Registan; not exactly what we see today; everything, everywhere changes, it is normal, but to what extent is change keeping authenticity? Here, the area has been ?cleaned? by the soviets in order to make a big public place where they could organise big meetings in an impressive surrounding. . . .
Picture 3: And the changes have also good sides, like this shady alley near the Registan, from where one can look at the madrassas and smell the perfume of flowers.
Picture 4: The world famous Sher Dor madrassa, renovated (compare to picture 2).The famous tigers (Sher Dor. . . Sher Khan, . . . Shere Khan. . . oooops! no Idea if there is a link with Rudyard Kipling?s famous tiger) on each side of the Iwan, and the strange geometrical diagram on the Iwan, reminding again a swastika, like the pillar in Khiva. . . Is there a Central Asia-Islam Robert Langdon (The ?symbolologist? in D. Browns Da Vinci Code) to explain this diagram? Haha, no in fact it is only kufic writing!
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