Pedestrians walk past Bibi Khanum mosque ahead of city’s 2750th anniversary in Samarkand, August 16, 2007. Academics fear that a rush by Uzbek officials to prepare Samarkand for its anniversary has done more harm than good and a four-lane road built next to its archaeological heart has drawn criticism from the United Nations. Picture taken August 16, 2007. To match feature UZBEKISTAN SAMARKAND. REUTERS/Shamil Baigin (UZBEKISTAN)
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