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. To visit Shah-i-Zinda and other attractions in Samarkand, use our Samarkand travel route planner .
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  • Getting inside, you forget that it is actually part of the cemetery, just a very pompous) very nice and very calmly, despite the huge number of tourists.
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  • As other sights in Samarkand, this is a highlight of a trip through Usbekistan. You shouldn't miss she Schahi-Sinda (also the cementary). We were deeply impressed.  more »
  • I can’t really recognize this place as it were just one of many I saw on a day tour. See it on a half day taxi tour of Afrosiab. Then forget about it.  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.
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