As Andrew Scheil writes: Samarkand in Uzbekistan is a displaced Babylon (Scheil, 2016, p. 286). As it is a displaced Atlantis. As with Babylon we can see that Atlantis is situated in the desert. Babylon/Al-Hillah is connected with the Euphrates to the Persian Gulf. Samarkand is connected with the Zarafshan River to a bigger river named Amu Darya that ends in the Lake Aral. Atlantis does not necessarily to be on the sea bottom. A small river can be enough to give a city a water aura.
The gates of the mosques in Samarkand resemble the Ishtar Gate in Babylon and the Pillars of Hercules of Atlantis. The mosque in Ishfahan has got also such a gate. Atlantis is really an islamic issue.