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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  • A place one have to visit to understand the beauty of it. I have never ever visited any other like it!  more »
  • Impressive imagination for all 100%. Of course you need restoration work, you need to do a lot of things. But also so interesting. Take a guide, otherwise not all clear and understandable. Reserve water in hot weather.
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  • wonderful line of tombs, which despite its sacred value, remains very lively - numerous locals congregate here and it is fascinating also for the people - highly recommended to the itinerary in Samarc...  more »
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