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Gur-Emir Mausoleum


In 1404, the favorite grandson of Amir Timur, Sultan Muhammad, who was to inherit the throne after the death of Tamerlane suddenly died. Temur was desperated and ordered to build a beautiful mausoleum in Samarkand for him. For himself, he prepared a humble tomb in his hometown Shahrisabse. A year later, Timur died on the way home from China and according to some records, because of mountain roads and snow, he was buried in the luxurious Gur Emir mausoleum. This mausoleum is crowned with a magnificent bright blue dome, and contains the graves of two children Temur Miranshah and Shahrukh, as well as the great astronomer Ulugbek, a spiritual teacher of Temur - the world Said Barack and a man named Shah-Hodge.


The tomb of Amir Temur and the mausoleum Guri-Emir are the best examples of medieval architecture in the East and hold a special place among the monuments of the Timurid. The beginning of construction of the mausoleum of Amir Temur was laid in autumn 1404. Originally it was intended for the burial of his beloved grandson and heir of Muhammad Sultan Temur, who died in Iran in 1403. The place for the burial of the prince was chosen next to the madrassa and khanaka of Muhammad Sultan, built by him during his life in front of each other. The facades show the yard with four ayvans, towering minarets at the corners, and the entrance to the courtyard was decorated with a mosaic pattern of the portal. The unknown architect, was specifically left between the madrassas and the khanaka place for the mausoleum. Today, looking at the walls, lined with restorers at the height of human growth on ancient foundations, you can personally present the layout of the yard and madrasas. Two minarets had been restored. After just six months after the laying of the mausoleum, in February 1405, during one of his campaigns Temur fell ill and died in Otrar. And although during his lifetime, he prepared himself for the last resting place, erecting in Shahrisabz, in the family tomb of Dorus Saodat, next to the mausoleum of his eldest son, who died early Jahangir, the tomb is still empty. The body of Amir Temur's heirs secretly so as not to disturb the army moved to Samarkand, where they performed a ceremonial burial of the remains of "The Lord of the world." The medieval historian Ibn Arabshah describes the decoration of the tomb: "The grave of Timur was based on his clothes, the walls were hung with weapons and utensils, everything was decorated with precious stones and gold. From the ceiling like stars in the sky, hung gold and silver chandeliers ... The floor was covered with silk and velvet carpets. " The tomb of Timur is an amazing harmony of architectural proportions based on an octahedral, a cylindrical drum on which rests the majestic twelve-ribbed dome, covered with majolica revetment greenish-blue tones with blue designs. The building is surrounded with marble from the bottom panel. In the early XIX century, during a strong earthquake the top of the dome was damaged, but it was restored. Above the entrance to the mausoleum was installed the mosaic plate with Arabic inscription: "This is the tomb of the Sultan of the world, Amir Temur Guragana." In 1905, the plate was stolen, and a year later ended up in Istanbul and later in Berlin. The wooden doors of the mausoleum were carved and inlaid. The interior of the tomb has a rich design. The wall was a bar of translucent onyx with inserts of the coil. The panel concludes stalactite cornice and a strip of marble carved with sayings from the Koran. Carved marble was painted in gold and azure. It should be noted that the medieval art of stone carving in the decoration of Guri-Amir achieved great artistic heights. Marble carved window lattices even composing-pandjara. Dome and sail decorated with paintings on gold embossed ornament is made of papier-mache. In the dome of the mausoleum room are arranged tombstones, surrounded by an openwork marble railing amazing work. Among them is the tomb of Timur's dark green jade. In 1740, the Iranian forces captured by Nadir Shah of Samarkand, Timur's tomb precious shot and took him to Mashhad, the headquarters of the Shah.


However, after examining the stone, the shah ordered him to return to their original location. It is noticeable that the tombstone was divided into two parts. In fact, this crack is formed, when the headstone smashed in transit to Iran. Under the floor of the mausoleum is a crypt, where a staircase is. Graves and tombstones carved out of white and gray marble are on the second floor of the tomb. In addition to the burials of the Sultan and Muhammad Amir Temur here are the graves of his sons, Shah Rukh and Miranshah, as well as his famous grandson Ulugbek, "the scientist on the throne," which in the struggle for power was beheaded by the orders of his own son. Next to them lies buried, Sayyid Mir Bereke. In 1941, under the guidance of Academician T.N.Kary-Niyazov for scientific purposes the graves of Temur and Ulugbek have been opened. Ulugbek was testified by his cervical vertebrae and he was buried as a soldier in dress, as he was found dead. Temur coffin was made of juniper wood, and his body was embalmed. T.N.Kary-Niyazov recalled that the old people from a nearby Mahalla, learning about the preparation for the showdown of the grave of Temur, warned that it was impossible to disturb the ashes of a "god of war", it can cause unhappiness . Indeed, 21 June 1941 Timur’s coffin was extracted and the next day the Second World War began. The unique building of the mausoleum Guri-Emir of Samarkand, as well as other buildings of Temurid period are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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                                                                         “Everything I have heard about the beauty of Samarkand is true –                                                                                    except that it is even more beautiful than I could have imagined.
”                                                                                                                                               Alexander the Great, 329 BC   Among the cities of the world, one of the most ancient is Samarkand, which is more than 2750 years old.
There are many legends surrounding its history.
Its praises have been sung by the writers and poets of old.
It has been the home of great scholars and architects, whose works still stand in all their glory to delight and amaze us.
Like other great centers of the ancient world, such as Babylon, Thebes and Rome, Samarkand has a rich and turbulent past.
In the 4th century BC it was conquered by Alexander the Great and his Greek troops.
At the beginning of the 13th century the city experienced the invasion of the barbaric hordes of Genghis Khan whose savage hordes annihilated its population, pillaged its treasure and reduced the city to the heap of ruins.
It looked as though the city was about to enter a long period of decline, but by the latter or the 13th century it had recovered to such an extent, that the Venetian explorer Marco Polo described it as “a very large and impressive city”.
In the late 14th century the Central Asian conqueror Timur (Tamerlan) designed to make Samarkand the capital of his great empire adorned with buildings of unsurpassed splendor, elegance and luxury.
Skillful architects and masons, artists and artisans were brought here from the conquered lands and the construction was launched on a scale that had never been known before.
It was then that the most famous buildings of the city were erected.
Very considerable construction work was also carried on under Ulugbek, Timur’s grandson, who was both an eminent ruler and scholar, the author of astronomic tables known throughout the world.
Under Ulugbek more magnificent buildings were erected.
There are a lot of historical monuments in Samarkand, well known all over the world: the Shah-i-Zinda Ensemble, Gur-Emir Mausoleum, the Registan Square, Bibi Khanym Mosque, the Ulug Bek Observatory.
A lot of tourists from different countries visit Samarkand and its famous monuments, which are dazzled.
Samarkand , the fabled city on the Silk Road, the capital of the conquerors and the Romantic poets to the monastery, still shines as the brightest star among the historical and the cultural centers of the modern world.
Today Samarkand is a place where is carefully preserved the unique spirit of antiquity.
A special combination of its rich monumental and amazing diversity of its cultural traditions make an impression on visitors.

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