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Ever Wondered How Cities In The ‘Silk Road Journey’ Looked Like? Here Are The Fascinating Pictures

Published on 13 January, 2017 at 3:54 pm By

If you love history, then you do know about the Silk Road journey. And if you did pay attention in the history class in 8th standard, you will surely know about it.

Micheal Yamashita has come up with a series of photographs which portray the beautiful cities along the road and build a colourful mosaic of history, culture, people and traditions.

‘The Silk Road Journey’ pays tribute to the legendary explorers Marco Polo and Zheng He by retracing their journeys along the ancient trade route.


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Did you know Marco Polo got noodles to Italy, after eating a lot of them in China, which was called spaghetti?

Take a look at the photographs from Micheal Yamashita’s Instagram account:

It all began from the Italian wonder city called Venice:

Marco Polo embarked on a trip of a lifetime from St.Mark’s square in 1270:

Polo also encountered the fearless fighter tribe called the Kurds. These men and women were notorious for looting caravans with weapons. Here, they are celebrating wedding nuptials.

Kurds always carry their weapons. Women posing with their AK-47s.

The journey also leads him to the now-ruined city of Baghdad. Known as the City of Domes, the Iraqi capital has lost its charm due to the war.

The Malawiya Minaret stands tall as ever even today.

Polo definitely encountered magic during his travel. Dervishes, who follow Sufism, are some of the most talented and humble people one can ever meet.

The Marsh Arabs, who once occupied marshlands of Euphrates and Tigris, can be seen enjoying a communal meal in a woven reed house.

The windcatchers are typical to the roofs of houses in the Iranian city of Yazd. These wind catchers act as a traditional air conditioner, even today.

The Jame Mosque oh Yazd shines like a brilliant turquoise in the sun.

Reduced to rubbles in 2003, the clay brick citadel at Bam in Iran was the largest upon existence.

The natural hot springs en route from Kerman to Hormuz.

The Black-skinned people as encountered by Polo in Iran. Persia still boasts of a highly ethnically mixed society due to being a prominent trade centre.

Taloqan in Afghanistan

Donkeys are still used for transportation of people and goods. A woman riding a donkey with her children in Feyzabad, Afghanistan.

The beauty of Pamir at Afghan-Pakistan-China border.

This lake is the highest lake of Pamir Plateau at the junction of Pamir, Tian Shan and Kunlun mountains in Karakul China.


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Wasn’t this journey undertaken by Marco Polo an epic and mesmerizing one?

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