"I charge you to retrieve the Amulet of Samarkand"

An amulet is any object intended to bring good luck and/or protection to its owner.

Samarkand - Registan
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Samarkand, situated in the valley of the river Zarafshan, is the second largest city of Uzbekistan.   The city is most noted for its central position on the Silk Road between China and the West, and for being an Islamic centre for scholarly study. 

Samarkand - Bibi Kanun
GNU Free Documentation LicenseSamarkand - Bibi Kanun - Credit: Mbenoist
The Bibi-Khanym Mosque remains one of the city's most famous landmarks. The Registan was the ancient centre of the city. In 2001, UNESCO inscribed the 2,750-year-old city on the World Heritage List as Samarkand – Crossroads of Cultures