Shah i Zinda is a large ancient cemetery with many burial chambers and Mausoleums, it is located in the north-eastern part of the city Samarkand in Uzbekistan. The vivid blue colors of the Mausoleums walls together with the unique Islamic ceramic tile artwork and architecture of each tomb are unbelievable. The translation of the name “Shah i Zinda” is “The living king” which refers to king Kusam “Ibn” (son of) Abbas (a relative of prophet Muhammad who is believed to have come around the 7th century to Samarkand on a mission of spreading Islam ). The Mausoleums were built during the 9th – 14th centuries and also later on during the 19th century. The best time to visit is around September and March when the temperature gets quite comfortable.
TIP: be sure to make sure you have at least an hour for exploring the tombs.
For more information visit Wikipedia – Shah-i-Zinda
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