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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  • Truelly reflecting the building style of Bukhara, this very old building is impressively beautiful. Unbelievable that they could build this such a long time ago and it is still standing. No added deco...  more »
  • I don't understand why it's not reviewed as the first work to see coming to Bukhara. It's a masterpiece of engineering and it's beautiful to admire. At the thought that goes back more than a thousand years the rest that you meet in Bukhara disappears. It's worth a visit.
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