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Last updated: 09 Jan 2017

Mausoleum of the Samanids, Bukhara, Uzbekistan



Mausoleum of the Samanids was built as a family necropolis between 9th an 10th centuries. We think that Ismail Samani, the founder of the dynasty (died in 907) was buried here as well as his grandson Nasr II ibn Ahmad (died in 943) whose name was read on a wooden board above the entrance. This Bukhara mausoleum was recognized a masterpiece of world architecture for its perfect geometrical form. It is the most ancient of Central Asian brick buildings.

Mausoleum of Ismail Samani
Mausoleum of Ismail Samani


The mausoleum is a classic sample of Islamic mausoleum: a cube crowned by a dome. At the same time its decor shows traditions of old Sogdian architecture - archaic columns in corners of octahedron, 'pearl chains' along cornice and an upper arch gallery.
A wonderful brick building in a park
A wonderful brick building in a park


Unrivalled  brickwork
Unrivalled brickwork
Ancient Bukhara
Ark Fortress
Art gallery, sale exhibition of the Bukhara Gold Embroidery Factory
Baha Ad-Din Naqshband Necropolis
Bolo-Hauz Mosque
Bukhara city
Chashma-Ayub
Chor Bakr Complex
Chor Minor
Fayzabad and Zainuddin
Gijduvani Memorial Complex
Kalyan Minaret
Kalyan Mosque
Khanaka and Madrasah of Nadir Divan-Beghi
Kosh-Madrasah
Kukeldash Madrasah
Lyabi-Hauz Complex
Madrasah of Abdulaziz Khan
Magoki-Attari Mosque
Mausoleum of Sheikh Boharzi
Miri-Arab Madrasah
Namazga Mosque
Sitorai-Mohi-Hosa
Trading Domes
Ulugbek Madrasah
Vabkent Minaret
Zindan (Prison)