Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand

At the northeastern part of the ancient city, the necropolis of Shah-i-Zinda honors the "living king" associated with the legend of the prophet Muhammad's cousin. The mausoleum complex has been constantly upgraded throughout history and now contains over 20 blue-domed buildings constructed between the 11th and 19th century. Examine the rich architectural decoration featuring majolica tiles, irrigation bricks, and intricately carved mosaics. Go on a guided tour to explore the crypts and shrines as you learn about the myths and secrets behind the necropolis and those buried here. Carry extra water and wear good walking shoes, since you'll need to climb many steps to reach the site. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Samarkand holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Shah-i-Zinda and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • August 17, 2017
    Now for me it is the most spectacular and loaded with history and charm walk. I recommend going with a guide worth go with time and take it in stride the penalty that is so restored it does lose charm
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  • August 17, 2017
    Must-see when visiting Samarkand. Beautiful collection of tombs. Definitely worth the entrance fee (10k for foreigners)  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    A whole series of mausoleums in a street on each other in the middle of a cemetery that is still in use. In the early morning the light seems to be the most beautiful. According to legend, Kusam ibn Abbas, the cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, is buried here.
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  • February 11, 2017
    Amazing and incredible tombs date from near 1300. The details of the designs of tiles are fantastic. Important people of the history of Samarkand and Timur and descendants are buried here.
  • March 8, 2017
    This place looks fake, polished for tourist who feel exciting about any old stuff. There is nothing really old, dated as claimed IX-XIII, except probably the walls and grave stones laying aside. The historical value of this sightseeing is overrated.
  • April 22, 2016
    Absolutely incredible tombs covered in intricate tiles. Tombs surround the mausoleum of one of the Prophet Muhammad's cousins who was said to closely resemble him.
  • July 7, 2016
    Ok
  • September 8, 2015
    Beautiful place

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