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Who were the Kyrgyz? Medieval Central Asia

By |2017-05-31T16:13:45-07:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, History|

Tash Rabat, Kyrgystan - a stop on the Silk Road (thanks Lonely Planet) By about 200 BC, the Kyrgyz people were living north of China, in central Siberia. Like other people of north Asia, they lived in yurts and rode horses. They were not very powerful, and came under the control of first [...]

What is a yurt? Central Asian architecture

By |2019-03-10T12:30:56-07:00May 31st, 2017|Architecture, Central Asia|

Yurts- the houses of Central Asia What do nomads live in? The nomadic people of Central Asia generally lived in yurts, portable houses made of a foldable wood frame with felted wool coverings over it. (This is actually a lot like our houses, which are also wood frame and sometimes use felt for [...]

Later Central Asian Architecture

By |2018-04-16T10:37:26-07:00May 30th, 2017|Architecture, Central Asia|

Inside the Winter Palace, St. Petersburg (1700s AD) After 1500, architects in Central Asia divided into those who looked west, to Western Europe, for inspiration, those who looked south, to the Safavids and the Mughals, and those who looked east, to the Qing Dynasty in China. In the west, Russian czars and czarinas [...]