Captions: Shah-i-Zinda, Uzbekistan

At the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, a local lady walks between mausoleums before disappearing around a corner – Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
At the Shah-i-Zinda necropolis, a local lady walks between mausoleums before disappearing around a corner – Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

The stunning blue tiles of ancient warlord ruler Tamerlane’s capital, are still made from clay and by hand to this day. His empire once stretched all the way from Turkey right down to North India. Marveling at such beauty, it’s easy to forget that in the process of spreading his empire, he is said to have killed seventeen million people.

Photograph copyright © Ben McKechnie 2014

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