Bibi-Khanym Mosque Bibi-Xonum, Samarkand

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#3 of 19 in Historic Sites in Samarkand
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 my attached photos shows a poster sitting against a grille. The poster has a picture of how the Bibi Khanum mosque looked before "restoration" began. There was very little of it left; none of t...  more »
  • This mosque, dedicated to Tamerlane's favourite woman, offers refined architecture. A site to see during a visit to Samarkand.
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