I’ve been to Shakrisabz before, but with a new camera and lots of free time in Uzbekistan I thought it might be worth a go. Then I saw a magazine article about the Katta Langar mausoleum outside of town, and I was sold.
Shakrisabz is famous (in Uzbekistan) as the birthplace of Timur, once the conqueror of most of Central Asia.
Shakrisabz is also, it seems, famous as a photo-op for newly married couples in front of the giant Timur statue in the center of town.
Like so many old cities in Uzbekistan, the architecture is amazing.
Old Timurid mosque, mausoleums, and minarets galore.
The superstar of the show, though, is just behind that giant Timur statue. The ruler’s old palace has mostly disappeared to time and development, but two walls of the main entryway still tower over the town.
Of course, if all that architecture gets you down: a man’s gotta eat! As always in Uzbekistan, there’s a great colorful market full of smelly spices and friendly faces.