Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, Bukhara

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Admire the peculiar multilayered architecture of Ismail Samanid Mausoleum, a landmark shrine. Built in the 9th century, the mausoleum was envisaged as a family crypt for Isma'il ibn Ahmad Samani, who embraced Islam and established the Samanid dynasty, breaking off from the Abbasid Caliphate. A perfect baked-brick cube covered with a dome, the mausoleum is elaborately ornamented with various geometric shapes on the interior, featuring some characteristic Zoroastrian elements from Sogdian and Sasanian traditions. Located next to a manmade pond, the building houses the simple brick tomb of Isma'il Samani. Our Bukhara trip planner makes visiting Ismail Samanid Mausoleum and other Bukhara attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Built in 905, it is one of Bukhara's oldest and best preserved buildings. It is a massive building of cubic shape interesting in many respects. First of all, is the Mausoleum of Ismail is one of the very few Uzbek monuments not to be decorated with lacquered ceramic tiles but rather by simple bricks wedged according to a certain logic in order to create games of shadow and light that create nuances different colour ranges during the different time slots of the day. From the architectural point of view, for the construction of the mausoleum were applied techniques from ancient traditions, first on all the Zoroastrian. It is also the system of crossing the 4 arches that support the dome. Finally, despite the volumetric simplicity, the mausoleum embodies a strong symbolism: the cubic form recalls the Ka'ba to Mecca, but also man and earthly things; the dome represents the celestial vault, the sun, the divine, the certainty. Legend is that turning around the mausoleum 3 times counterclockwise brings good luck. we're not scaramantic, but, trying not to hurt...
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  • The brick layout & intricate design is well worth the trip. Good to have a guide to explain the history of this place which enriches your experience.  more »
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