Gur Emir Mausoleum, Samarkand

Dedicated to the Turco-Mongol conqueror Tamerlane and his sons and grandsons, Gur Emir Mausoleum lies within the ancient city. Built in the late 14th and early 15th centuries, the mausoleum features a mix of Persian and Mongolian styles, serving as a precursor for numerous Mughal tombs throughout central Asia--many of which were built by Tamerlane's descendants. Examine the elegant azure dome and elaborate entrance gate, decorated with various mosaics and carved bricks. Inside, observe the solemn monumentality adorned with geometrical ornaments on terracotta bricks and diverse muqarnas. Before you visit Samarkand, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.
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  • October 5, 2017
    Beautiful architecture! An amazing story about the life and death of Tamerlane, legends of Uzbekistan, and around the world! You can wander around and one, but with a guide in 100 times more fun.
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  • October 4, 2017
    And this is exactly what it is. The great Amir Timur and many of his successors are buried in this place. It is a revered place for every Uzbecan moslem.  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    This is just magical mausoleum, no words can describe its glory and magnificence. The place is saturated with wonderful history of great conqueror - Amir Temur. You can feel specific atmosphere all ar...  more »
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  • February 8, 2017
    The first time I visited stayed near 1 hour admiring the details inside. It is an astonish masterpiece of the medieval East where the leader Amir Timur is buried. This is a must if visit Samarkand.
  • May 31, 2017
    The history is great, so is the sight itself, very beautiful
  • October 9, 2016
    Beautiful glazed tiles art on main entry and on minerates. The dome of main hall is decorated with Golden art work and is in excellent condition even after a long time. Must visit place in Samarkand.
  • April 12, 2017
    Of course you to visit the Registan in Samarkand... But this is worth a detour in itself!
  • April 14, 2017
    Lovely spot where Tamerlane is buried

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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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