Take a tour of The Registan of Samarkand in Uzbekistan – part of the World’s Greatest Attractions travel video series by GeoBeats.
Three magnificent structures stand imposingly over the Registan of Samarkand in Uzbekistan.
Registan means "sandy place," and its use as a public square made it the heart of ancient Samarkand.
After the first structure was built, the space was used for executions, celebrations, and public announcements.
These Islamic clergy academies were some of the most famous and recognized in the Muslim world.
The buildings are decorated with colorful mosaics, gold and the minarets are topped with onion-shaped domes.
Many invasions led to the destruction and rebuilding of many parts of the square.
Arabic, Greek, and Mughal influences are apparent throughout Registan, giving it a worldly and timeless charm.