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. Make Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum part of your personalized Samarkand itinerary using our Samarkand planner .
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  • The mosque is very impressive, but only from the outside. Go inside and see that there is still much we need to do in terms of restoration, well, if you enter from the back-not the front-side or even see. not very pleasant picture. But by all very monumental, especially from a distance. So go inside your deal or not, but the main effect gives you all the same exterior.
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  • For the terrible damage to the building is the largest Central Asia's largest mosque was still being repaired. First amazed at the enormity of the entrance gate of the mosque. Anyway, I was surprised. Wider patio and go in through the gate, and small mosque great mosque, left and right in front of the minarets stand at the corners of the site. This is big there was made of marble in the interior courtyard Rauch (Qur'an lectern). Rifts on the outer wall is the great mosque, was chipped decorative tiles so you cannot put in. Small mosques in the North had completed exterior restoration seems to start to repair the inside. Repair had been completed to the full is a small mosque on the South side. Internal geometric patterns and painted in pale colors, pizazz, but was so delicate and beautiful decoration. For building this mosque is a huge full repair is likely still take time.
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  • A rather small complex especially for the tourist fee you have to pay: 22,000 soms and not much to see inside.  more »
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  • Spectacular madrassa built by timur for his first wife who did not have any child and hence to commemorate her name in history built this temple.
  • Spectacular buildings and courtyard. This must have been a truly magnificent place in it's heyday. The old mosque is boarded off as it is in a sad state with lots of cracks unfortunately. The entrance to this is awesome and very high and elaborately decorated. I liked the quirky statue of the Koran holder and the ladies crawling underneath it in the belief that it helps with lots of problems.
  • Is one of the most important monuments of Samarkand. In the 15th century it was one of the largest and most magnificent mosques in the Islamic world. By the mid-20th century only a grandiose ruin of it still survived, but now major parts of the mosque have been restored
  • This previously ruined monument of Tamerlane's reign has a fascinating history - would recommend getting a guide for minimal extra som. Most of the mosque has been beautifully restored and despite the impressive domes and fascade all being visible from the outside, it's well worth paying to get in, even if only to support the reconstruction.
  • it is so awesome there.
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