Kind of a no-brainer, as it's the reason most people come to Samarqand in the first place. There are three medressas with huge facades forming (along with an open side) a large square. The square starts closing down early (in other words, right when it starts to get to a reasonable temperature). You can go inside the medressas to see their courtyards and further tilework. It is most beautiful and impressive. You can go up the minarets if you help the guards and his buddies out a bit.
The Registan was the heart of the ancient Samarkand. The word itself means "a sandy place".
Registan is surrounded from three sides with majestic buildings: Madrassa Ulugbek (1417-1420), Sher Dor (1619-1636), Tilla Kari (1647-1660).
The Ulugbek Madrassa is the highest religious institution, a kind of university of Middle Ages.
The most considerable of all madrassas of the 17th c. is Sher Dor which means "Building with lions". Ten years later the Madrassa Tilla Kari was constructed closing Registan from the north. The name Tillya Kari means "trimmed with gold".
Fabulous piece of architecture!!!
Detail of one of the windows of the Registan.
Try walking around early in the morning and late in the evening, the chances are great you'll find pieces of the mosaics that have fallen off.
Maybe this should be in the Shopping Tips: Free Souvenirs
No doubt: the most beautiful square in the world
Three medressa from the 15-16th century, wonderfully decorated with thousands of mosaics.
I passed it numerous times and was each time amazed by the grandeur and beauty.
Walk around and gather your souvenirs for free. Daily some parts of the mosaics fall off the walls.
I expected to pay 2500 sum but they only asked 1000 for the camera.???
In Samarkand, the biggest attraction is the Registan, a big plaza surrounded on three sides by large, intricately tiled structures that were originally constructed for use as madrasas (Islamic religious schools). This place was built many hundreds of years ago, and when I was there it was undergoing some pretty energetic restoration. The workmanship seemed excellent, and the parts that were finished looked really fantastic.
The Registan Square is the main landmark of Samarkand and a real beauty, with its blue domes and decorated tiles.
At night there is a wonderful "light and sound" show.