Samarkand, Bibi-Khanym MosqueApril 21 in Uzbekistan ⋅ 🌧 13 °C
Bus drops us off narrow alley
Mosque huge entrance
Temur's wife chinesr princess made fall in love. He found out ordered cover face
In reality started 18th 19th century
In reality Temur built Mosque when he conquered India.
Built in front of Bibi-Khanym mausoleum
Initially it was built with higher costs than he planned so Temur had him executed
And rebuilt it
15k Ppl. Could pray
The entrance was higher than now.
Temur "if you want to see how powerful we are, look at our buildings"
To build it, he sold 5000 Indian slaves
Mosque built in only 4 years but not enough : to be quicker they filled walls with rubbish
Biggest dome in Central Asia
Old Coran we saw in Tashkent was kept here
The mosque was partly destroyed in the 17th century earthquake.
Inside decorated with very tiny details. Typical of Samarkand
2 Smaller mosques on the side
Mosque complex had marble columns.Read more