"Everthing I have heard about the beauty of Samarkand is true except that it is even more beautiful than I could have imagined. " Alexander the Great 320 BC . To this day, their creative skills in all the arts continue to reflect and resonate the stunning architecture of the great mosques and momuments. Throughout the centuries the artistic tadiitions from one generation to the next has never stopped. Finenest of needlework, blue ceramics, carpets and tapestry, painting, wood carving with intricate tile inlay, jewelry and more can be found through much of the country.