Le Régistan est mort, vive le Régistan?

“Le Régistan est mort, vive le Régistan?” is a paraphrase of “The king is dead, long live the king!” Tourists visiting Samarkand for the past few weeks have most probably noticed construction works at one of the main historical sites of the city, Registan square. According to Ozodlik, RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service, sources report that construction works seriously affected this historical monument. Same sources reported that approximately 5 billion Uzbek Sums (more than $2,2 million) were spent on the whole process. Now it’s obvious why Samarkand authorities were in such a rush – International Academic Conference, “The Historical Legacy of Scientists…

“Le Régistan est mort, vive le Régistan?” is a paraphrase of
“The king is dead, long live the king!”

Tourists visiting Samarkand for the past few weeks have most probably noticed construction works at one of the main historical sites of the city, Registan square. According to Ozodlik, RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service, sources report that construction works seriously affected this historical monument. Same sources reported that approximately 5 billion Uzbek Sums (more than $2,2 million) were spent on the whole process.

Now it’s obvious why Samarkand authorities were in such a rush – International Academic Conference, “The Historical Legacy of Scientists and Thinkers of the Medieval East, Its Role and Significance for the Modern Civilization.”

Well, in Samarkand, conferences and meetings with participation of foreigners take place annually, if not quarterly. This type of preps were more than those for “regular” guests. So, in fact all the efforts were to please His Majesty President Karimov’s visit and participation in the conference.

neweurasia presents photos of the Registan Square taken during reconstruction works.

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  • Shame. To my best knowledge the bottoms of minarets and antrancce portals were not made of marble. They were always the same color and structure as other parts of the buildings. Tell me I’m wrong. I dare you.

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