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Travels on the Silk Road:
Samarqand in the Zarafshon valley of Uzbekistan exists since more than 3000 years, enduring invasions, new religions, trade, renewal: it was always part of the Silk Road.
In 1965 murals from the 7th century AD were discovered in the royal palace of former Afrosyab, the Sogdian fortress-city of Samarqand. Later conquerors of Samarqand, the iconoclast Arabs, scratched out the eyes of the depicted people . The cultural leanings are Indian (the Elephant), Sogdian (the Leopards), Chinese (the people). The museum in Samarqand exhibits those murals today.(From: MacLeod C. & Mayhew B. 2002. Uzbekistan. Norton, New York)

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