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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  • It's beautiful. It is a building similar to others in Samarkand which is near Registan. It is near the market where people are clean large rooms.
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  • It was central Asia's largest mosque. However, peeling walls and damage are evident inside, off-limits. Raise the nation, gradually seems to also repair is like a lot of work.
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  • This is one of the greatest buildings in the house, although there is no room to visit, but the exterior and the building is very impressive! Sitting in the middle of the sun blowing sun, very calm heart
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  • 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.
  • Another biggest historical inheritance of the Amir Temur family to Samarkand city. :)
  • 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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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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