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Gur Emir Mausoleum

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Gur Emir Mausoleum

768 Reviews
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The Silk Road is one of the dream destinations of many travellers! Countless nations, merchants and pilgrims travelled along this longest trading route in history. Over and over again, adventurers have succumbed to the fascination of this caravansary route. You too can trace these routes through famous cultural landscapes! Along with the historic towns of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand, which owe their splendour and importance to former caravansaries and to craftwork, you will visit Nukus with its valuable Savitski Museum, and Shakhrisabz, the town of Amir Timur (Tamerlan), as well as Termez, the old centre of Buddhism. You will learn what place the ancient monuments of Buddhists and Zoroastrians have in today’s Uzbekistan. Discover the heart of Uzbekistan’s Silk Road – a hospitable country where traditions and modern life exist harmoniously side by side.
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The Weak Knee Traveler wrote a review May 2020
Singapore, Singapore11,135 contributions625 helpful votes
The interior of this building which was completed in 1404 is stunning. Especially like the ceiling. This is where the tombs of Timur's descendants lay.
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Date of experience: June 2019
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MoonaMuslim wrote a review May 2020
642 contributions127 helpful votes
An impressive building in terms of architecture and artistic design - from the outside, but even more from the inside. Decorated and restored with great dedication down to the smallest detail. In good condition. The building includes the typical Uzbek turquoise / blue dome. The interior is wonderfully decorated. The walls are provided with hexagonal onyx tiles and is lavishly painted, the dominant colors are blue and gold. It looks amazingly great and makes a real oriental feeling, when you like architecture. The Gur Emir Mausoleum in Samarqand is the burial place of Timur Lenk and some family members, including Ulug Beg. It was built in the early 15th century and is considered as an outstanding example among the Timurids architecture. The mausoleum was commissioned during Timur's reign and was originally intended for his favorite grandson. The main entrance to the mausoleum complex is formed by a large arch 12 m high. The interior of the mausoleum has a square floor plan, which is enlarged by four niches, creating a cruciform space. Incredible for this time, when it was built. Looks also great in the evening with all the lights. Below the main room there is a crypt with a flat brick vault, in which the actual gravestones are located. The crypt is accessible, but you have to take the entrance, which is outside the mausoleum. Blessing, curse - superstition? A nice anecdote and certain facts, in any case. Timur (Tamleran) - the conqueror, the one that created terror for the Ottoman Empire and folk hero of Uzbekistan - was excavated by the Soviets in 1941. According to legend, the evil spirit of the warrior was kept in the crypt. It is said that Timur's tomb was inscribed with the words, "When I rise from the dead, the world shall tremble". Two or three days after Timur's exhumation, the German army invaded the Soviet Union in 1941. And the turn of the war in Stalingrad took place shortly after Timur was buried again according to Muslim religious customs and rites, in 1942. Timur founded the Timurid Empire in Central Asia and becoming the first ruler of the Timurid dynasty. He is regarded and revered as a folk hero in Uzbekistan, since it is independent. A visit to the mausoleum has to be part of a trip to Uzbekistan.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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Novilia Sjafri B wrote a review Jan 2020
130 contributions7 helpful votes
Beautiful architecture, beautiful garden surounding, clean and well maintained. A destination that you must visit.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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mtmhys wrote a review Dec 2019
Funabashi, Japan484 contributions6 helpful votes
I was moved by the building, especially in its interior. Thanks to light up, the inside created holy atmosphere.
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Date of experience: December 2019
fivestarholidays wrote a review Dec 2019
Chennai (Madras), India1,544 contributions333 helpful votes
It is the final resting place of Timur and the structure is very beautiful. The inside is very ornate and impressive. The tombs have onyx slabs. There are souvenir shops too in the complex
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Date of experience: October 2019
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