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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  • Reached through not the most auspicious of surroundings but watch it appear through the surrounding trees. It is an absolute 'must-see' for the earliness of its construction and for the amazing intric...  more »
  • The brick work reminded me of Khiva; very different to what you will see in Samarkand. Located in a rather garish fun park. Definitely worth a visit.  more »
  • It is a very beautiful mausoleum located in a refreshing Park. Surprisingly, the architecture of the building in itself, small, made of bricks with a curious provision and symbols Zoroastrian, sogdianos and Samanids.
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  • A well look after monument. Spotless exterior with a simple undecorated interior dome. If you're after highly ornate decor, you might be disappointed. Still worth going if you're in Bukhara.
  • Located in a park, worth a visit if you're free. Good place to relax and take some bites
  • 1200s era mausoleum, hard clay bricks of amazing design. A must see
  • The Samanid mausoleum is located in a park just outside the historic urban center of Bukhara, Uzbekistan.
  • Beautiful little place lovely brick construction, walk around it three times for great luck...

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