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24 October 2018Treasures of the Silk Road - From China to the Mediterranean
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Treasures of the Silk Road - From China to the Mediterranean Christopher Bradley Wednesday 24 October 2018

The Silk Road extended for over 8,000 km, acting as a highway for beliefs, ideas, inventions and art, whilst silk was just one of the many products traded for 1,400 years. Buddhism spread throughout Central Asia and there are wonderful paintings from the Magao Caves at Dunhuang and the 'Caves of the Thousand Buddhas' at Bezeklik. Samarkand and Bukhara are the beginning of the great Islamic buildings that continue through Persia and Syria. Along the way we see traditional murals, ceramics, statues, carpets, architecture, mosaics, tile-work, rock carvings and of course, silk itself.

Lecture 1 - China and the East

Lecture 2 - Central Asia

Lecture 3 - The Levant and Near East

Christopher Bradley

Expert in the history and culture of the Middle East and North Africa, as a professional tour guide and lecturer he has led groups throughout the Middle East and Asia. Has written extensively on Arabia and is the author of The Discovery Guide to Yemen, Insight Guide to the Silk Road and Berlitz Guides to Libya; The Red Sea; Cairo; Abu Dhabi and Nile Cruising. As a photographer he has pictures represented by four photographic libraries.  Christopher has a broad range of lecturing experience, including to the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Institute of British Architects.  As a film producer and cameraman he has made documentaries for the BBC, National Geographic TV and Channel 4.

TIMETABLE  10.00 am Tea and Coffee with biscuits, 10.30 am First Lecture, 11.30 am Short Break, 11.45 am Second Lecture, 1.00 pm Lunch and 2.00 pm Third Lecture.

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For further information contact nicky.donker@gmail.com