Before the Madrasah Ulug Beg In The Square of Samarkand

Samarkand, an oasis city, has been described as a "jewel in the sand". Its luxuriant gardens, architectural splendours, and the fact that it was the scene of the Arabian Nights story-telling, explain the glamour that glorifies it in the Eastern eye. The Righistan, the beautiful public square is fringed by three fine madrasahs, or colleges, one of which is named after the astronomer, Ulug Beg. Photo - Miss Hunter