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The Silk Road
Documentary · Foreign/International
Join Alfred de Montesquiou, a war correspondent, as he travels through six countries and cultures, delving into their rich histories.
Alfred de Montesquiou
S01:E01 - Venice, Gateway to the Orient
Mosaics of St Mark's Basilica reveal the links that connect Venice with the distant lands of Asia.
S01:E02 - Bosphorus, Astride Two Worlds
Ottoman architectural wonders and the traditional wrestling in which men are doused in olive oil.
S01:E03 - Anatolia, the Caravans of Asia Minor
The caravanserai at Aksaray is a perfect example of architecture of the Seljuq dynasty.
S01:E04 - Tabriz, Capital of Merchants
Tabriz is the center of the ancient Armenian community in Iran.
S01:E05 - Assassins, Emperors and Magi
Alfred visits the ruins of Hassan-i Sabbah's fortress, home to a movement known as Hashshashins.
S01:E06 - Kashan, the Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd
The famous pleasure gardens of Fin that cemented the Persians' renown.
S01:E07 - Bukhara, Light of Transoxiana
Alfred arrives in Uzbekistan, at the heart of the ancient Silk Road.
S01:E08 - Samarkand, Pearl Among Cities
Samarkand was associated with the great Turco-Mongol warrior Timur.
S01:E09 - Fergana, a Central Asian Melting-Pot
Tashkent, the capital of present-day Uzbekistan and a major central Asian city.
S01:E10 - Kyrgystan, the Freedom of the Steppes
Osh is the first place Alfred visits in Kyrgyzstan; he saunters down the aisles of its bazaar.
S01:E11 - Kashgar, the Gateway to the Middle Kingdom
Alfred's point of entry to China is Kashgar, in the Xinjiang region.
S01:E12 - The Forbidden Oases of the Gobi
A Uyghur family invites the guide into their home where they learn about their way of life.
S01:E13 - The Forbidden Oases of the Taklamakan
Crossing the Taklamakan desert is demanding.
S01:E14 - Lanzhou, on the Yellow River
Travelling to Liqian at the narrowest point of the Hexi Corridor.
S01:E15 - Xi’an, the Capital of the Sons of Heaven
Alfred arrives in Xi'an in the province of Shaanxi.
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