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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  • my place ^ favorite in the city because not too restored, there are still traces of the time which are completely erasers on the other monuments
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  • Of all places, this place I do not liked most. In General, the beautiful but is half-destroyed. A typical mosque. The entrance is not justified by the way. 22000 sum for foreigners.
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  • The mosque is impressive in the large dimensions of the entrance gate and gate to the mosque structure beneath the dome. The original structure built at Amir Timur's command did not withstand the rava...  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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