Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, Bukhara

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Admire the peculiar multilayered architecture of Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, a landmark shrine. Built in the 9th century, the mausoleum was envisaged as a family crypt for Isma'il ibn Ahmad Samani, who embraced Islam and established the Samanid dynasty, breaking off from the Abbasid Caliphate. A perfect baked-brick cube covered with a dome, the mausoleum is elaborately ornamented with various geometric shapes on the interior, featuring some characteristic Zoroastrian elements from Sogdian and Sasanian traditions. Located next to a manmade pond, the building houses the simple brick tomb of Isma'il Samani. Our Bukhara trip planner makes visiting Ismail Samanid Mausoleum and other Bukhara attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Maybe in its simplicity is the beauty of the mausoleum set in a public garden full of life than just touristy but is in the Interior of the structure and details of the various provisions of the bricks that you can appreciate the historical and artistic value of all that should be visited with a local guide or obviously well documented to better understand all
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  • This masterpiece of early architecture is a must see in Bukhara! No blue tiles, but a high diversity of brick compositions.  more »
  • The site is not grand but great for a short visit in the middle of the park to tell of the unique architecture that has been influenced by cross continental cultures to end up with this unique style o...  more »
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  • Beautiful little place lovely brick construction, walk around it three times for great luck...
  • An incredible building highlighting the region's transition from Zoroastrianism to Islam by displaying elements of both religions in its architecture.
  • One of Uzbekistan's most ancient buildings, the Ismoil Samoniy Maqbarasi in Bukhara dates from the early 10th century.
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