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Rawan May 18
Iconic blue-tiled mosaic of Shah Mosque. It was designed by the master calligrapher and miniaturist Reza Abbasi. Esfahan, Iran. © alamy stock photo
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Rawan May 20
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Rawan May 22
A mesmerising section of mosaic tiling at Fatima Mausomeh shrine in Qom, Iran. © Davoud davoudi
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China SCIO May 22
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Photos of Silk Road May 23
The Wall of Alexander, or the Great Wall of Gorgan near Gombad-e Kavus, Iran, Silk Road.
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BL Asian and African 1h
Paper flowers such as these were stuck to murals etc in shrines by devotees. These are from Dunhuang and Khotan and probably date from 9th or 10th century. Search for 'flower' on for many examples
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Rawan May 19
Hasht Behesht palace (Persian: هشت‌ بهشت), meaning "Eight Paradises". It was built in 1669, Isfahan, Iran.
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Laura Kennedy May 23
The endless bounty of bazaars is familiar but new sense of economic dynamism is evident all over in under President Mirziyoyev
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Ants BK May 22
View from our tiny homestay on the in Svaneti this morning; the only sounds cow bells, cocks crowing, a babbling river and birdsong galore.
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The Silk Road History Podcast May 22
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Taylor Hermes🐐 May 22
The Tian Shan mountains behind Almaty have been an important conduit for human interactions for millennia.
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Halil I. Kaya 6h
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Ants BK May 21
A stormy day in Batumi, Georgia's brash, booming Black Sea resort.
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Photos of Silk Road May 20
Bastam Castle in winter. Bastam, Iran, Silk Road.
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Rawan May 25
Stunning tile art from Mashhad, Iran. © Amir hossein mirmoeini
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Ants BK 8h
Almost every meeting we have here involves a table groaning with scrumptious, home-produced bread, fruits, salads, cheese and wine.
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Photos of Silk Road May 20
Tower of Jame Mosque. Bastam, Iran, Silk Road. مسجد-جامع-بسطام
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Photos of Silk Road 9h
Traditional Wedding in Sabzevar, Iran, Silk Road. آیین-مراسم-عروسي-در-شهرستان-کلات-تصاوی/
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Laura Kennedy May 19
Breakfast in Tashkent - I couldn’t resist having plov, the signature dish of ( will tell you theirs is better! - I love them all)
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Royal Asiatic Soc May 24
Tonight 6.30: Dr Susan Whitfield (Institute of Archaeology, UCL) lectures on "Silk, Slaves and Stupas: Material Culture of the Silk Road" All welcome.
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