Shah-i-Zinda Ensemble

    Address: M 37 Samarqand Uzbekistan

    Coordinates:   39.6630550 ,
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    Shakhi Zinda is the burial place of royal persons and nobles. But the main mausoleum from which the necropolis starts seems to be the imaginary grave of Prophet Muhammads cousin Kusam ibn Abbas. The complex was called Shakhi Zinda that means in Persian The Living King. He was one of those who preached Islam in that region. Later the Complex became an important pilgrimage centre that was revered by the people as sacred.It consists of rows of refine sparkling blue colors tombs. Harmoniously combined in a lively and moving composition various mausoleums are grouped along the narrow medieval streets. Shakhi Zinda consists of eleven mausoleums which were built one after another in 14 - 15th centuries.A unique ensemble of ancient tombs (1370-1449 years) is located near Afrasiab settlement. It is also called Street cemetery. Building of mosques and mausoleums of XI-XV centuries oddly stretched on both sides and their blue domes look like an elegant necklace from the top.

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    Shah-i-Zinda Ensemble and the Samarkand

    Shakhi Zinda is the burial place of royal persons and nobles. But the main mausoleum from which the necropolis starts seems to be the imaginary grave of Prophet Muhammads cousin Kusam ibn Abbas. The complex was called Shakhi Zinda that means in Persian The Living King. He was one of those who preached Islam in that region. Later the Complex became an important pilgrimage centre that was revered by the people as sacred.It consists of rows of refine sparkling blue colors tombs. Harmoniously combined in a lively and moving composition various mausoleums are grouped along the narrow medieval streets. Shakhi Zinda consists of eleven mausoleums which were built one after another in 14 - 15th centuries.A unique ensemble of ancient tombs (1370-1449 years) is located near Afrasiab settlement. It is also called Street cemetery. Building of mosques and mausoleums of XI-XV centuries oddly stretched on both sides and their blue domes look like an elegant necklace from the top.

    The Samarkand : Nearby Attractions

    Registan Square

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    The Square is located in the center of the city and has become a monument of architectural importance. It has gained worldwide fame for its grandeur and it is now a preserve building in Samarkand.From three sides the square is surrounded with grand madrassah portals of which are facing the center of the space. All three erections have their own unique dcor. It is by virtue of these buildings preserved on the territory of the city Samarkand was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2001.The history of the Registan SquareTranslated from Uzbek registan means a sand place. In the ancient times this central square was covered by sand. The territory was not initially surrounded by madrassah those great erections appeared rather later. In that period authorities of the city were gathering people on the square to announce khans orders held celebrations and public executions and collected the army leaving to war.In the past one could see many trade rows around the square where artisans and farmers were selling their goods. All main roads of Samarkand led to Registan where it was always noisy and lively.Various rulers during their reign would change the main significance of the square but since those times and up to now Registan has always been the center of the city social life.There are three madrassahs on the square Ulughbek Sherdor and Tilla-Kori that are the main sights of the city. They were erected by two rulers at different times.

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