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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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  • Although Uzbekistan is a little-known country and is not a common destination, if you have the opportunity, as I had it years ago, you have to visit the city of Samarkand and each of the corners. It is history that is being studied in the College. Alive is legacy.
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  • .. i love staring at every detail of the buildings.. it's simply amazing.. i'll be going back to see more of this city as I had limited time during that visit.. 
  • It is a marvel, with whole streets decorated with tiles. The mausoleums are impressive. It is a jewel, a square of Registan has small.
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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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