Samarkand - A Museum in the OpenSamarkand - A Museum in the Open is a gorgeous, glossy-paged full color book full of detailed images of Samarkand. Samarkand is located in Uzbekistan and contains a number of gorgeous buildings with detailed mosaics.
The book is presented in three languages. One is English. I think one of the others is Russian, but I'm not sure about the third. This cover image shown is of the book I own, so you might be able to tell from the subtitles above and below the main title, what the other languages are. If you read English, you're all set.
The descriptions are great - lyric, detailed, and engaging. But, really, its the photos that make this book shine. Some are black and white, but most are in full color, and many stretch over both pages. You get landscapes, close-ups, and everything in between. The mosaics are just stunning.
Well recommended for anybody who wants to be inspired by a culture which stretches back over two thousand years.
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