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  • Address: Samarkand, Uzbekistan
  • Hours: Daily 9am-6pm
  • Admission: $2

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Gur Emir Mausoleum Tours

Completed in 1404, Gur Emir Mausoleum serves as the final resting place for Timur and two of his sons and grandsons. Timur ordered the construction of the mausoleum for his favorite grandson, Muhammad Sultan, but when Timur died suddenly in 1405, he was interred there as well.

A geometric courtyard surrounds the tomb, which is easily identified by its ribbed azure copula and tiled minaret towers. Each burial place is marked with an ornate carved headstone, while the actual remains are interred in the mausoleum’s basement. Blue glazed tiles, gilt, and painted plaster and onyx cover the interior of the vault, including its dome.

According to local legend, an inscription was found within the sarcophagus of Timur when opened by Soviet scientists in 1941. The inscription read, “Whomsoever opens my tomb shall unleash an invader more terrible than I.” Mere hours later, Hitler invaded the Soviet Union.

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One of the best photo ops of the mausoleum is through the portal leading to it.

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One Day Crossroad of Cultures Samarkand Group Tour

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Location: Samarkand, Uzbekistan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $77.00
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4-Day Pearls of Uzbekistan Tour

During this trip you will visit historical cities such as Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand. Samarkand – one of the most ancient cities of the world was formed ...  Read more

Location: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

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