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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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  • Unfortunately this place is a rip off for tourists. Ticket price - 15000 local currency, inside nothing is done, nothing to see, everything is forgotten or under construction. For what people have to ...  more »
  • Is always admirable attention to the dimensions of buildings, care is the numerous information contained not only in this but in all the monuments. Tell a lot of stories about what happened, and what is known is that she was a good woman, she looked after the children of Timur, and cared about so many other things related to the arts and to the well-being of the people.
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  • Come visit awhile before the city Bazaar. Building on a legend? A true story? Make sure you know. I'm going to be able to get a bigger impression
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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.
  • It has History of Islamic Era
  • The Bibi-Khanym Mosque in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, was finished just prior to Tamerlane's death in 1405.
  • Awesome place. Environment still in rehabilitation in some areas.
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