Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, Samarkand

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Must see · World heritage site · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Feel the grandeur of ancient Samarkand at Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, the remains of a gigantic mosque and a jewel of Tamerlane's empire, built after his Indian campaign in 1404. With the 40 m (313 ft) high sky-blue cupola over the main chamber and two smaller mosques in its spacious courtyard, this represented the largest mosque complex in the Islamic world at the time. Falling into disrepair after 1583, the mosque still displays its classic Persian-Islamic style with four ornate iwans and a pishtaq standing 38 m (125.5 ft) tall. The interior courtyard features a colossal stone Quran stand. A mausoleum to Tamerlane's favorite Chinese wife stands opposite to the mosque. Make Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum part of your personalized Samarkand itinerary using our Samarkand planner.
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  • One of the important monuments in Samarkand which was built by Amir Timur (Tamerlane) as a tribute to his wife. It is the largest mosque in the 15th century in the Islamic world. What is unique is...  more »
  • Breath taking. Recognize that, like all the other historic buildings in Samarkand, the mosque has been rebuilt from near-rubble, with little of the original structure remaining. However, I my...  more »
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