Sights of Shakhrisabz

Sights of Shakhrisabz - Medival public bath

Medival public bath

Of many bath houses only this one remains. Accessible for men only, it comprises hot and cool bathing rooms, a massage vault and a barber’s room.

Sights of Shakhrisabz - Chorsu covered marked

Chorsu covered marked

The ancient major crossroads bazaar, having parallels only in Samarkand and Bukhara, will serve as an extension of the museum, exhibiting local crafts.

Sights of Shakhrisabz - Malik Adjar mosque

Malik Adjar mosque

One of the few painted aivan (Uzbek: place for sitting and relaxing) wood ceilings, carried by stalactite wood pillars. According to legend, Malik Adjar was a wealthy man who generously helped those in need. The length of his legs was of such fame, that when mounting a camel, his knees would still touch the ground.

Sights of Shakhrisabz - Friday mosque

Friday mosque

If it all possible, Shakhrisabz should be visited on a Friday. To witness the wise old men of the area with their white beards, white turbans and beautiful striped coats approaching the Juma Mosque, is a beautifully privileged moment, when fantasy meets reality.?

Sights of Shakhrisabz - Timur burial vault

Timur burial vault

Timur had his burial arrangements carefully planned. He himself chose the granite slab, the location of his mausoleum, deep in the ground. For political reasons, however, Timur was laid to rest in Samarkand. When Galina Pugachenkova discovered the site 50 years ago, the remains of a man and woman were found inside the casket.

Sights of Shakhrisabz - Dorus-Siadat Complex, XIV

Dorus-Siadat Complex, XIV

It was in 1376 that Timur’s beloved son Jahangir passed away at the age of 22 after a horse riding accident. It is said that the ruler never smiled again. A mausoleum was built at his grave site and its beautiful cupola ceiling, offset by whitewashed walls; underline the sanctity of the place. Timur ultimately decided to make Dorus-Siadat a vast family burial site. The foundation, if nothing …

Sights of Shakhrisabz - Caravanserai Kobu, XV

Caravanserai Kobu, XV

Today the original wood carved doors are opened to invite you into the small cells occupied by craftsmen of the Hunarmand association. This is where national handicraft and a good map of the area are available.

Sights of Shakhrisabz - Gumbazy-Selidan tomb, XV

Gumbazy-Selidan tomb, XV

Under the beauty painted cupola next door lay remains of Timur’s father and other close members of his family. The original door to the mausoleum is displayed in the museum.

Sights of Shakhrisabz - Shamshiddin Kulol Mausoleum, XIVc.

Shamshiddin Kulol Mausoleum, XIVc.

A small hall with high cupola ceiling holds thew beautiful white marble gravestone. Originally from a potter’s family, Shamshiddin Kulol later became the mentor of Bakhauddin Nakshbandi and the spiritual teacher of emir Taragai, Timur’s father as well as of Timur himself. On the far side of the carved stone pilgrims pore water into an indentation, which, when drunk, will cure men of snoring …

Sights of Shakhrisabz - Kok Gumbaz Mosque, XIV

Kok Gumbaz Mosque, XIV

Ulugbeg himself designed and oversaw the construction of this blue domed mosque, erected in honor of his father Shakhruh. With its 46 meters, the cupola is even higher than that of the Bibi-Khanum mosque in Samarkand.

Sights of Shakhrisabz - Fortification wall

Fortification wall

Parts of the fortification wall are still preserved today, right behind Ak-Saray. The magnitude of Ak-Saray is best understood after consulting the map in the museum, showing its original closed off palace compound holding “mahallas”, city section allocated the clergy, to different crafts masters and the ruling family.

Sights of Shakhrisabz - Ak-Saray palace

Ak-Saray palace

Timur’s captured Khoresm masters conceived the first Timurid monumental architectural building, Ak-Saray, the white palace, white symbolizing the nobleman’s color. Today the flanks of the entrance arc to what has been described by Clavijo in all its XIV century splendor, still stand tall. According to legend, Abdullah Khan, the Bukhara Emir, on an official visit, approached the city. Ak …