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Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand

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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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  • Art applied to the commemoration of the dead offers examples of great importance throughout Central Asia and this is definitely one of those. The walk within this monumental area, whose artistic value goes far beyond the function, it is definitely not to be missed. Unfortunately when I visit some buildings were partially covered by scaffolding but there is so much to see.
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  • See, captivated by the place, Muse over expired powers of the Silk Road cities, superior old masters
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  • Shahi Zinda is the ensemble of mausoleums of Samarkand and Regal nobles, but here is so beautiful, this bright, elegant and glossy majolica such masterpiece carved doors, that absolutely no thoughts on the appointment of this place. A place holy to the Muslims, because here is the tomb of Prophet Mohammed's cousin-kusam Ibn-Abbas. In the middle ages three pilgrimage to the grave of "the living King" is equal to the Hajj in Mecca. Exactly kusam Ibn-Abbas called the SHAHI Zinda "that in Persian means" the living King ". Kusam Ibn-Abbas arrived to these lands on the instructions of Mohammed proraka and preached Islam. In those days people were preverzhencami of Zoroastrianism, and much disliked to Abbas, sermons on several occasions to kill, but nothing worked, have not yet been able to ferret out a secret-Abbas, both Moslem, have always prayed without weapons, and it is at this point that Zoroastrians were able to decapitate him. There are many many different legends about how Abbas managed to survive as the site of his death scored a Holy spring, but this is much more fun to tell local guides). And the place-probably the most beautiful around Samarkand!
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  • 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.
  • Очень красиво. Must see!
  • Beautiful place
  • Taxi Tour No. 5. Graves of the Unknown and Female generations of Tamerlane(Amir Timur). A lot of graves, buildings, Mausoleums. Great place to see. *Need Long skirts or trousers. they provide a cloth if not. At the end, there is a cemetery of normal people. Timur dynasty tombs of women or people of gathering personal DOE. Beautiful and would look at opportunities in a variety of forms. At the end, the public is buried, eerily unkempt cemetery. * Short skirts or pants worn at the sanctions. All the necessary equipment to vary.
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  • Superb
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