Shah-i-Zinda Necropolis, Middle GroupApril 22, 2019 in Uzbekistan ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C
After taking hundreds of pictures outside and inside these magnificent tombs, we proceed towards the most ancient part of the necropolis, which contains the Kusam-ibn-Abbas mausoleum and mosque. As the name suggests, it's here that the remains of the famous cousin of the prophet Muhammed are preserved. The two buildings are connected and, after walking past the mosque, we reach the prayer room of the mausoleum. It's a circular room with benches all around the walls occupied by tourists and pilgrims. A Muslim priest is non-stop singing a litany only interrupted by a short prayer time together with the worshippers in the room. Said explains that the priest will continue singing without interruptions until a substitute takes his place to give him some rest.
After one of these praying breaks, I go explore the room. Opposite the entrance, a grid separates it from a smaller room containing a grave: it's the resting place of Kusam-ibn-Abbas. This explains the presence of so many worshippers and the non-stop litany.Read more