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Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, Samarkand

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Feel the grandeur of ancient Samarkand at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, the remains of a gigantic mosque and a jewel of Tamerlane's empire, built after his Indian campaign in 1404. With the 40 m (313 ft) high sky-blue cupola over the main chamber and two smaller mosques in its spacious courtyard, this represented the largest mosque complex in the Islamic world at the time. Falling into disrepair after 1583, the mosque still displays its classic Persian-Islamic style with four ornate iwans and a pishtaq standing 38 m (125.5 ft) tall. The interior courtyard features a colossal stone Quran stand. A mausoleum to Tamerlane's favorite Chinese wife stands opposite to the mosque. Before you head to Samarkand, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Samarkand itinerary planner, to make sure you see all that Samarkand has to offer, including Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum.
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A major tourist destination, Samarkand offers a wide choice of accommodations, ranging from low-budget guesthouses and small family-run hotels, to business and luxury hotels. Most of the hotels concentrate in the downtown area near the main attractions, with mid-range accommodations in particular located near Bibi Khonyum Mosque. Most small private hotels are reasonably priced, offering traditional Uzbek hospitality, and even budget accommodations will likely feature ethnic design elements. A number of hostels offering basic facilities can be found throughout the city.
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  • The stand alone mosque and its history is appealing. The art work draws one's attention to the intricacies in its making.  more »
  • In the shade compared to the top three in samarkand but still amazing. The main part of the mosque is closed as it has a dangerous crack in it but you can stare through the entrance at past glories an...  more »
  • A mosque with great architecture of the time and well maintained by the authorities and the work was in progress during our visit, and one can hear lots of interesting stories about relationship betwe...  more »
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  • Impressive mosque and the internal Madras. Some areas are already in reconstruction but the beauty and peace of the place is not comparable. By the legend the mosque was built by the Tamerlane's favorite wife, Bibi-Khanym, in honor of his return from a trip to India and was planned to be the most grandiose creation of Samarkand.
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  • The mosque was built for the lovely wife of Temur, Bibi-Khanum. Tamerlane ordered to make it magnificent, so that everyone feels miserable when enter the complex. And indeed you feel miserable once you enter the place. This effect is reached by the size and beauty of the complex.
  • You will be overwhelmed by this massive complex.