10 Places to Visit on the Modern Silk Road

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The Silk Road is one of the most famous trade routes across Asia. Used by Chinese and middle-eastern merchants to travel and trade for thousands of years, the network of routes is home to numerous architectural points of interest which can be visited today.

1. MINARET OF KUTLUG TIMUR

Kunya-Urgench, Turkmenistan

The trunk of this 62-metre monument is inlaid with Arabic inscriptions

2. KYZ KALA

Near Mary, Turkmenistan

Kyz Kala is an unusual windowless castle with corrugated exterior walls

3. KHUDAYAR KHAN PALACE

Kokand, Uzbekistan

Khudayar, Khan of Kokand, erected the palace citadel in 1871

4. RUINS OF NIYA

Xinjiang-Uyghur Autonomous Region, China

Niya was a prominent stop-off point along the Silk Road

5. MOGAO CAVES

Dunhuang, Gangsu, China

The enormous architectural and artistic effort involved in creating these caves spanned 10 dynasties

6. ABAKH HOJA MAUSOLEUM

Kashgar, Xinjiang, China

This mausoleum is a prime example of Islamic architecture

7. ATESHKADE

Yazd, Iran

A sacred flame has been burning here for the past 1,500 years.

8. MEIDAN EMAM

Isfahan, Iran

Meidan Ema was built by Shah Abbas I the Great in the 17th century

9. HATRA

Al-Jazīrah region, Iraq

Hatra is known as Beit ’Elāhā’, meaning “House of God”

10. SULTAN AHMED MOSQUE – THE “BLUE MOSQUE”

Istanbul, Turkey

Its six minarets were initially controversial, until a seventh minaret was added to Mecca’s Grand Mosque

For the rest of this article (Asian Geographic Issue 3/2017 No. 125) and other stories, check out our past issues here or download digital copy here.

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