Some of the finest ancient and Islamic architecture can be found in Uzbekistan. Geetika Jain explores on pages 216-217.
Sher-Dor Madrasah, Samarkand, Uzbekistan. The Sher-Dor is one of the three #Registan madrasahs built in 17th century together with Tillya-Kori. Every centimeter seems to be covered with richly colored geometric, floral and epigraphic patterns.
Saint Petersburg Mosque. Maiolica of portal, in the form ofMuqarnas. (POTD) Credit: Сподаренко Юрий Степанович(Canes). CC-BY-SA http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:Picture_of_the_Year/2011