I wonder if anyone knows, but there is a place in my country (Uzbekistan) called Samarkand. It was once in ruins, now rebuilt as a city. It is a very beautiful, and exotic city. The archietectures from FFX's Zanarkand Ruins seem to resemble that of Samarkand. The picture are not that good, but I've been there when I was 3, and I still remember being amazed by the pure beauty of it. It is said that both civilizations (Zanarkand and Samarkand) were the beacon of all civilizations, not sure what it means... Besides, the name sounds almost the same.