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Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand

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Monument Historic Site
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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  • What an amazing place. Awfully hot day but the walk through and around this historic site is not to be missed. Many advantage points for great photographs. Plaudits for the superb restoration work of ...  more »
  • This was the most beautiful and interesting place we saw in Samarkand, we usually don't like to go cemeteries, but these mausoleums are beautiful and for us the best cultural visit we do in Uzbekistan...  more »
  • The beauty and wonder of all the different holy buildings as you climb the stairs is really astounding. The tile works are astounding with an array of blues that come from beyong the sea and sky. It i...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ok
  • Beautiful place