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Fantastic Registan

Fantastic Registan
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12194 W: 126 N: 22008] (112311)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2018-06-05
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Sony DSC HX200v
Exposure: 1/10 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-06-09 16:13
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After making so many trips around the world, I would not have thought I could still excite myself so much. But the view of the square of Samarkand really leaves you speechless, it does not even seem true that such a place can exist. I was lucky enough to watch the night light show and it's really amazing, I'll show you the pictures of the show later.
The Registan was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty, now in Uzbekistan. The name Registan means "Sandy place" or "desert" in Persian.
The Registan was a public square, where people gathered to hear royal proclamations, heralded by blasts on enormous copper pipes called dzharchis - and a place of public executions. It is framed by three madrasahs (Islamic schools) of distinctive Islamic architecture.
The three madrasahs of the Registan are: the Ulugh Beg Madrasah (1417–1420), the Tilya-Kori Madrasah (1646–1660) and the Sher-Dor Madrasah (1619–1636). Madrasah is an Arabic term meaning school.
The Ulugh Beg Madrasah, built by Ulugh Beg during the Timurid Empire era of Timur—Tamerlane, has an imposing iwan with a lancet-arch pishtaq or portal facing the square. The corners are flanked by high minarets. The mosaic panel over the iwan's entrance arch is decorated by geometrical stylized ornaments. The square courtyard includes a mosque and lecture rooms, and is fringed by the dormitory cells in which students lived. There are deep galleries along the axes. Originally the Ulugh Beg Madrasah was a two-storied building with four domed darskhonas (lecture rooms) at the corners.
The Ulugh Beg Madrasah was one of the best clergy universities of the Muslim Orient in the 15th Century CE. Abdul-Rahman Jami, the great Persian poet, scholar, mystic, scientist and philosopher studied at the madrasah.Ulugh Beg himself gave lectures there. During Ulugh Beg's government the madrasah was a centre of secular science.
In the 17th century the ruler of Samarkand, Yalangtush Bakhodur, ordered the construction of the Sher-Dor and Tillya-Kori madrasahs. The tiger mosaics on the face of each madrassa are interesting, in that they flout the ban in Islam of the depiction of living beings on religious buildings.
Ten years later the Tilya-Kori Madrasah was built. It was not only a residential college for students, but also played the role of grand masjid (mosque). It has a two-storied main facade and a vast courtyard fringed by dormitory cells, with four galleries along the axes. The mosque building is situated in the western section of the courtyard. The main hall of the mosque is abundantly gilded.


Dopo aver fatto tanti viaggi nel mondo, non avrei pensato di potermi ancora emozionare tanto. Ma la vista della piazza di Samarcanda lascia davvero a bocca aperta, non sembra nemmeno vero che possa esistere un luogo del genere. Io ho poi avuto la fortuna di assistere allo spettacolo di luci notturno ed è davvero incredibile, vi mostrero' le foto dello spettacolo in seguito.
Il Registan era il cuore dell'antica città di Samarcanda della dinastia Timuride, oggi in Uzbekistan. Il nome Rēgistan significa "Luogo di sabbia" o "deserto" in Persiano.
Il Registan era una piazza pubblica, dove persone si riunivano per ascoltare i proclami reali, annunciati da squilli di tubi in rame enormi chiamati dzharchis - e un luogo di esecuzioni pubbliche. E' incorniciato da tre madrase (scuole islamiche) di distintiva architettura islamica.Altre info su Wikipedia.

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Corri cavallo, corri ti prego, fino a Samarcanda io ti guiderò.....

Bentornato Luciano
e sei tornato con un grande regalo, nientepopodimeno che la piazza di Samarcanda.
Non ho altro da aggiungere, mi limito a gustarmi la tua splendida foto.
Buonanotte e buona domenica

Bonsoir Luciano,

L'étendue de la place crée de la profondeur. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails du Registan. La lumière de l'heure bleue a un effet spécial sur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


Hello Luciano,
This is a spectacular photo of a spectacular place. The colors are rendered just right under immaculate light management, steady hands (or a tripod) have kept the image sharp and the composition is effective, yielding a magnificent photo. Well done, congrats!

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14387 W: 0 N: 16317] (174879)
  • [2018-06-09 20:27]


Quelle iamge la grande classe sueprbe vue quel lumière et effet sur cet édifice cette coupole des deux parties latérales ce ciel avec les étoiles et la belle place superbe vueet compo.
Bravoet amiité

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3595 W: 0 N: 8404] (59447)
  • [2018-06-09 21:37]

Great photo, the scenery is simply spectacular, blue sky at blue hour and beautiful illumination of buildings, perfect quality of the photo
regards Ryszard

Ciao Luciano, bentornato, favolosa ora blu du uno dei luoghi magici della nostra terra, esposizione perfetta, splendida nitidezza, capolavoro, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Bonjour, cher ami Luciano,
Que dire devant une telle image, je reste muet d'admiration à propos de cette prise de vue;
La beauté d'ensemble est tout simplement superbe.
Félicitations pour tout;

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled i trenutak, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazano, dobra perspektiva i kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak. Lepa panorama i trenutak sa posetiocima.
Lepa arhitektura.
Zelim vam lep dan za odmor, sve najbolje.

Good day.
A nice view and a moment, interesting and good text ...
Beautifully shown, good perspective and contrast, nice colors, nice caught moment. Nice panorama and a moment with visitors.
Nice architecture.
I wish you a nice day for rest, all the best.

Hi Luciano
Amazing blue hour capture, superb architectural showpiece, illumination & visual stunner. Very accomplished shot, Congrats
Best regards

Salut Luciano,
Superbe cette vue bien réalisée, un monument bien cadré et présenté avec symétrie, la capture des lumières est bien gérée, la netteté est parfaite, on admire l'architecture ... belle destination, mmerci pour le partage.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9610 W: 57 N: 16406] (60634)
  • [2018-06-09 23:28]

Hello Luciano,
Wow, what a fantastic first shot from your latest trip. The buildings around the square look amazing and are illuminated so fantastically. The contrast of the golden tones with the blue evening sky is great too. Superb clarity and quality!

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  • CLODO Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2760 W: 1360 N: 3165] (40025)
  • [2018-06-09 23:32]

Bonjour Luciano

Superbe heure bleue, sans nuage pour mettre en valeur cet édifice éclairé, avec une mention pour le dôme vert. On est sans voix devant ce spectacle!
Bon dimanche

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10634 W: 146 N: 26789] (128457)
  • [2018-06-09 23:53]

Hello Luciano, So this was the hole in my map of Asia :). Really fantastic view, you were lucky to see the night show in the main Samarkand square. Jaw dropping blue hour shot.
It is my dream to see Samarkand and Bukhara. Maybe in autumn I would go?

Have a nice Sunday


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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10220 W: 161 N: 16917] (129697)
  • [2018-06-10 1:07]

Witaj Luciano!
Amazing view, excellent night picture.
Wonderful colors, light and sharpness.
Good work.
Nice sunday.

Hello Luciano,
You captured a wonderful atmosphere in this well exposed blue hour photo. Certainly the fantastic architecture is the most important element, but this wouldn't have been the same without the crowd of people that have come out to soak up the ambience of early evening.
Did you go on an arranged tour with a guide, or do you speak Russian? Uzbekistan is absolutely on my wish-list, but I would not go with a group and I don't expect a lot of people there to speak English, so I don't know how to make it.
Best wishes,

Ciao Luciano,
this is definitely one of the best photos from Uzbekistan I have ever seen, it well combines the amazing architecture with the blue hour perfect timing.
Fantastic performance, the highest quality work!
The silhouettes of the people add a lovely touch. This is really encouraging to visit. I wonder if you felt safe there and if the distances between the cities were convenient to do. I am just thinking if this would be reasonable trip for my daughter.

Excellent work,

Hello Luciano,
So you didn't go to Cuba :)
But I'm sure that Uzbekistan was an excellent choice. I would also like to visit that country.
The picture seems to come from 'The Thousand and One Nights' stories.
Wonderful illuminated buildings under the blue sky.
Many spectators make the scene lively.
I think I see some soldiers or policemen on the foreground. I suppose that most of the monuments in the country are firmly guarded.
Best regards, Paul

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10395 W: 174 N: 18563] (82687)
  • [2018-06-10 2:03]


really the place has a magnificent aspect, we can feel a sense of grandeur. a special angle and nice result with this warm hues of sunset light. perfect.

take care


Ciao Caro Silvio,

I was excited by your notes as well as excited by your photograph!

This is truly an amazing scene.
It reminds me of something from an epic film set!
The lighting is so subtle and the whole has been so masterfully captured to show the details of the scene and the mood of the time.

Have a lovely day,
Bev :-)

My cong.s for this impressive blue hour picture, Luciano.
Wide view of the big square in Samarkand, and a superb contrasting three areas over the picture space.: the dark foreground, the illuminated monuments, and (still) blue sky.
Buona serata,

Hello Luciano,
Amazing blur hour capture from Samarkand with it's famous landmark.
Perfect pov and ligth management. Nice framing and many interesting and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14778 W: 1052 N: 30252] (141903)
  • [2018-06-10 10:34]

Ciao Luciano,

Nice to see you back on TE after your short trip to Uzbekistan. It looks like you really enjoyed it. A spectacular blue hour shot from Samarkand with good sharpness and wonderful warm cold color contrasts. Tfs!

Ciao Luciano,

Fantástica esta foto e este lugar. Parece que voltamos aos tempos antigos da Pérsia ou Babilonia. Excelente momento você escolheu e produziu uma imagem memorável.

Parabéns e bom domingo


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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 1693] (13957)
  • [2018-06-10 12:08]

luciano hello..good evening.what a spectacular blue hour shot my friend,beautifully seen and taken,i like this you can see everyone with their phone out taken this scene! tfs dale

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-06-10 12:47]

Ciao Silvio,
fascinating the blue hour view of the square of Samarkand with the well lighted Registan to steal the show.All these people,the most of them are sitting on the ground,complete perfect the scenery.


eh la miseria!! addirittura Samarcanda!
in quanti di noi l'hanno sognata dalla canzone in poi?
splendida vista nell'ora più affascinante del giorno, ed ora mi aspetto un reportage completo!
complimenti e..
ciao, Giacomo

Hi Luciano.
Wow ...... What a wonderful place, a place that impressed me many years ago when I was there, but then I made slides, it is a place I would like to come back, because it is unique, great as you have captured the square at the blue hour.
Very beautiful colorful, in a few tones, very attractive.
Good management of brightness and superb sharpness.
Very well done. My congratulations.
All the best and have a good start to the week.

Hello, Luciano!

This place must be wonderful, everything looks so imposing here and the light makes it such a fantastic photo taken at the blue hour! Beautiful architecture! Wonderful composition! Very well done!

Hi Ciao Luciano

Sorry for so long no contact with you.but I came back.

So impressive night sot via tatsy usage of light and shade contrast, so dramatic secne for panfocus appraoch for Mosku. Blue gradation plays so important role too. Perfect framework and so wonderful proprotion at all.

All the best and have a good day! Takero

Hello Luciano
When I look at this beautiful photo of the square of Samarkand in this impressive evening atmosphere, I can very well imagine that this gives an overwhelming impression. This is well entitled to this beautiful photo.
Splendid work.
Have a nice day, groet Rob

Hello Luciano,
fantastic photo with light and shadow from Samarkand and information,
very well done!
Have a nice day

Hello dear Luciano and have a nice
time wherever you are in the
world and particularly in Uzbekistan
I red that the name Registan means Sandy place or desert
in Persian very useful notes

Hi Luciano,
Beautiful architecture. The colors and the ligh are amazing. Good pov, sharpness and compo. I like your oryginal architecture. Well done.
Best regards

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 4268 W: 2 N: 7337] (35776)
  • [2018-06-13 16:33]

Hello Luciano,
A great view of fantastic architecture, excellent night picture.
I like beautiful colors here, nice composition and good quality.
Fine presentation.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 16080 W: 159 N: 28037] (147370)
  • [2018-06-15 6:11]

Ciao Luciano
Belle première a heure bleu de ton dernier voyage, superbe bien a tout POV , l'architecture est magnifique, vraiment une belle image
sur ma photo du Portugal, un peu trop forcé dans les couleurs, pas ma faute , c'est le décalage horaire :-))))
Belle journée

Ciao Luciano, ottima immagine di questa interessante e bellissima composizione nell'ora blu, molto ben catturata in questa bellissima immagine, con buona nitidezza, luce, colori e qualità. Lavoro eccellente e interessante fatto perfettamente, le mie congratulazioni amico mio. Grazie per aver condiviso questo bellissimo lavoro.

Buon pomeriggio e buon inizio della settimana.
I migliori auguri dal sud della Spagna.

Wonderful blue hour image of Registan. Complementary colours work so well here.
I felt exactly the same as you describe in you note when I first saw this square and the surrounding majestic architecture.

Salut Luciano,
vraiement une photo exceptionelle. Lumière fantastique et très beau sujet.
bonne journée

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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2665 W: 0 N: 3149] (21158)
  • [2018-06-21 10:13]

Ciao Luciano C'est un éclairage étudié par les spécialistes de l'illumination DEL qui met en valeur ces édifices d'architecture islamique qui apparaisent triomphants de l'obscurité presque complète habitée par quelques zombies en état d'extase à l'avant subjugués par tant de beauté. Éclairage complexe parfaitement maîtrisé. Ciao

Ciao Luciano,
This is certainly a magical view. The long exposure really shows the illumination perfectly. I also like the contrast of light in the distance, and the darker foreground. The architecture is beautiful, and I can only imagine how breath-taking it must be in person.

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  • fds Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 668 W: 0 N: 1632] (9781)
  • [2018-10-14 1:47]

ciao luciano cerco di pubblicare poco ma di alta qualità...cmq sono molto contento che tu mi dica che ne vorresti vedere assai di più...straordinaria la tua panoramica su questi monumenti di Samarcanda nell'ora blu...stratosferico il tuo viaggio. come sempre bravissimo

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  • ecmel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 200] (1545)
  • [2018-10-16 0:55]

Hello Luciano
Impressive architecture. You captured very well and managed with good exposure and sharpness.
Best wishes Ecmel

Bellissima l'atmosfera che fai vivere con questa foto!

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