Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gur-e Amir in Samarkand

Gur-e Amir is the mausoleum of Tamerlane (Timur), who had conquered a vast empire, stretching from today’s Pakistan to Turkey/Armenia. He was the grandson of Ulugh Beg. In Samarkand you can visit the mausoleum, where he is buried. The mausoleum, in which he wanted to be buried, is in Shakhrsabz, however. He lived in the 14/15th century. In 1941 the crypt had been opened and the remains had been excavated and studied in Moscow, but had been returned later to the mausoleum.

A view in the evening

The mausoleum in broad daylight

Details of the dome

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