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Gur Emir Mausoleum, Samarkand

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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. Plan to visit Gur Emir Mausoleum and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Samarkand attractions using our Samarkand trip itinerary planner.
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  • Impressive mausoleum of Timur and some of his closest relatives and companions. Magnificent domed building is illuminated at night. Actually Timur has to build the mausoleum for his favorite grandson and designated successor Sultan Mohamed who died very early!
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  • Samarkand has many beautiful places. A visit to this belong to the Foundation of what seen here. Beautiful Oriental and impressive in the interpretation of a local guide. All places for the input, and very often even for the shooting, but those prices are in terms of payments elsewhere completely minimal. Within walking distance to other places of interest. E.g. from the Registan square.
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  • The mausoleum holds the remains of Emir Temur (Tamerlane) and is treated with reverence by visitors. The beauty of the place surpasses the Registan. It is all the more beautiful to sit and to hear the...  more »
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  • 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.
  • The history is great, so is the sight itself, very beautiful
  • 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.
  • Of course you to visit the Registan in Samarkand... But this is worth a detour in itself!
  • 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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