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Last updated: 08 Jan 2017

Shahi-Zinda, Samarkand, Uzbekistan



The rise of Shahi-Zinda necropolis on a slope of Afrasiab hill is connected with Kusam ibn Abbas, the Prophet's cousin. We know that he took part in the first Arab campaigns to Maverannahr. According to a legend, Kusam was mortally wounded at Samarkand walls and hid underground where he goes on living. That gave the name for the necropolis - 'Shahi-Zinda' - 'king is alive'. By 10th - 11th centuries Kusam ibn Abbas had been considered as a martyr, Islamic saint and the patron of Samarkand. In 12th-15th centuries there was constructed a complex of mausoleums and mosques along the path leading to Kusam's mausoleum. The complex seems to deny death.
Central Part of Shakhi Zindah
Central Part of Shakhi Zindah
Bibi-Khanym Mosque, Madrasah and Mausoleum
Afrasiab Hill
Dahma of Shaybanids
Gur-Emir Mausoleum
Hazret-Hyzr Mosque
Ishrat-Khana Mausoleum
Khodja Akhrar Necropolis
Mausoleum of Khodja Daniyar (Saint Daniel)
Mausoleum of Kusam-Ibn-Abbas
Mausoleums of Abdi Clan
Memorial Complex of Imam Al-Bukhari
Observatory of Ulugbek
Registan Square
Ruhabad Mausoleum
Shahi-Zinda Central Group
Shahi-Zinda Northern Group
Shahi-Zinda Southern Group
Sher-Dor Madrasah
Temurid Female Necropolis
Tillya-Kari Madrasah on Registan Square
Tuglu-Tekin And Amir-Zadeh Mausoleums
Ulugbek Madrasah on Registan Square