- Middle East
01. Entrance to the Ulugh Beg Madrasa, one of three monumental structures that are forming the Registan architectural ensemble which used to be the heart of Samarkand during the Timurid dynasty. As an exceptional example of Islamic architecture, Registan is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001. Samarkand, July 2009.
02. Aral Sea Monument in Moynaq placed above the former shore of the lake features the depictions of the Aral Sea in 1960 and the current state that are clearly showing its recession and the scale of this environmental disaster. Moynaq, July 2009.
03. Main street in Moynaq, nowadays a dusty provincial town which once used to be a thriving port on the southern shore of Aral Sea and the center of fishing industry of the Uzbek SSR. Moynaq, July 2009.
04. Former fishing fleet of Moynaq lying in the lakebed of recessed Aral Sea which now occupies the Aralkum Desert. Moynaq, July 2009.
05. Rusty fishing boat lying in the sands of Aralkum Desert. Moynaq, July 2009.
06. Shells of the former fishing vessels can still be seen around Moynaq. Moynaq, July 2009.
07. Hotel Uzbekistan, a notable example of Soviet Modernism was constructed during the campaign of rebuilding Tashkent, nowadays the capital city of Uzbekistan, after the devastating earthquake of 1966. Tashkent, July 2009.
08. Kalyan Minaret, a part of Po-i-Kalyan religious complex is among the most famous landmarks of the historic center of Bukhara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993. Bukhara, July 2009.
10. Rugs and other traditional handicrafts for sale in the Artisan Development Center located in the old town of Bukhara. Bukhara, July 2009.
11. Walls of the Ark, historic fortress located within the historic core of Bukhara that served as the residence of the emirs of Bukhara for centuries. Bukhara, July 2009.
12. Hyperboloid construction of a water tower dating back to 1920s. Bukhara, July 2009.
13. Summer afternoon in a residential quartier of Bukhara. Bukhara, July 2009.
14. Seller of Non, a traditional Uzbek tandoor bread in Bukhara’s Kolkhoz Bazaar. Bukhara, July 2009.
15. Ichan Kala, the walled inner town of Khiva seen from an old balcony. Khiva, July 2009.
16. Pahlawan Mahmud Mausoleum in Ichan Kala, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1991 seen from the nearby Islam Khoja Minaret. Khiva, July 2009.
17. A traditional adobe house located within the historic core of Khiva. Khiva, July 2009.
18. Young men carving the wooden column in a traditional way, using chisels. Khiva, July 2009.
19. Women baking Uzbek non bread in the tandoor, in a backstreet of Khiva’s old town. Khiva, July 2009.
20. Man carries a heap of non bread on his head in Samarkand’s Siyob Bazaar. Samarkand, July 2009.