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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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  • This is replica of Bibi Khanym Mosque which was destroyed a long time ago, renovated and but still it depicts one of the best architectural marvels in Samarkand. 
  • This place was another stunner and if you catch it in the early evening light the colors jump right out at you. Truly amazing. 
  • A beutiful and grandiose mosque - one of the biggest in the world built by Timur Lenk. The gret portal is especially very impressive and try to imagine the minarets as they were in the past - three ti...  more »
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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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