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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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Where to stay in Bukhara

Bukhara offers visitors a large number of accommodation options, most situated in the city center and providing easy access to the major attractions. Budget-conscious tourists can find comfortable lodgings in one of the family-run bed and breakfasts, which often feature atmospheric courtyards and spacious, air-conditioned rooms. For something more characterful, look for three- and four-star hotels scattered around town, some of which feature traditional decor in quaint, landmark buildings.
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  • Built in the 9-10th century with four identical facades, lovely dome and all built of bricks. There is Persian art and Zoroastrian symbols inside. A small fee to enter and take photos. The color of th...  more »
  • Set in a quiet park just outside the main city an exquisite building and one of the oldest in bukhara. The work in the bricks is amazing both inside and out  more »
  • For the average tourist it will be part of the tour. Nicely preserved but your not allowed inside (except for peeking through some gaps).  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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