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. A visit to Ismail Samanid Mausoleum represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Bukhara tourist route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Living for more than 1000 years, this masulum is a unique Persian architecture located in bukhara. The plot is what we call it" char taghi "and it belongs to almost 2000 years ago but what makes this ...  more »
  • August 10, 2017
    The mausoleum of Samanids is the oldest islamic mausoleum of kings of Central Asia. From far it may not lookfantastic but the richness of its ornaments and its historical value is just great. You need...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    This is a small but very interesting mausoleum in the middle of a nice park in Bukhara. The architecture and history of this site is very interesting. And you can combine your visit here with other ne...  more »
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  • January 3, 2017
    Beautiful little place lovely brick construction, walk around it three times for great luck...
  • April 20, 2016
    An incredible building highlighting the region's transition from Zoroastrianism to Islam by displaying elements of both religions in its architecture.
  • November 5, 2012
    One of Uzbekistan's most ancient buildings, the Ismoil Samoniy Maqbarasi in Bukhara dates from the early 10th century.
  • October 14, 2016
    Beautiful
  • June 4, 2016
    Ok

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