Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, Samarkand

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Feel the grandeur of ancient Samarkand at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, the remains of a gigantic mosque and a jewel of Tamerlane's empire, built after his Indian campaign in 1404. With the 40 m (313 ft) high sky-blue cupola over the main chamber and two smaller mosques in its spacious courtyard, this represented the largest mosque complex in the Islamic world at the time. Falling into disrepair after 1583, the mosque still displays its classic Persian-Islamic style with four ornate iwans and a pishtaq standing 38 m (125.5 ft) tall. The interior courtyard features a colossal stone Quran stand. A mausoleum to Tamerlane's favorite Chinese wife stands opposite to the mosque. Make Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum part of your personalized Samarkand itinerary using our Samarkand planner .
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  • I visited Tua on 19.11.6th. I was surprised at its size, but the inside is just like ruins. I don't know if it was destroyed or decayed, because I didn't listen to the local guide's explanation well, but it's worth a look.  First of all, it is surprised at the size of the fassa-de, and it is surprised next to the size of the rum of the mausoleum, and it is surprised at the end by the ruins of the inside. There are many stairs and steps that seem to be unnecessary, and I am tired.
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  • This for me encapsulates the ambiguity surrounding many of the most impressive monuments in Uzbekistan - how much of it is original and how much is owed to restoration, or indeed reconstruction? It is...  more »
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