Bibi Khanym Mausoleum

Location - Samarkand

Bibi Khanym Mausoleum (translates as "The Eldest Wife") is the most grandiose, largest and most magnificent structure in Central Asia. The mausoleum was built in 1399 in Samarkand by the order of Amir Temur in honor of his beloved beautiful wife. He chose this place by himself, which means that this monument was very important for him. The complex consisted of a painted entrance portal of 33-meter height, Bibi Khanym mosque with beautiful facing and bright blue domes, 4 well-shaped minarets, and a massive marble bookstand stand for the Holy Quran in the center of the courtyard.

Bibi Khanym Mausoleum

What hundreds of women ask the queen?

There is a rumor until now that it was Bibi Khanym, not Tamerlane, who ordered the masters to build this grand mosque, which would exceed all others in the size and beauty. The construction was conceived as a surprise for the beloved husband on his return from the military campaign. Skillful masters started to work at once and worked for 5 years. But suddenly the news about the unexpected return of Timur to Samarkand came. Only the arch remained unfinished before his arrival, but the young main architect did not hurry to finish the work, because this meant the inevitable separation from the beautiful Bibi Khanym. To meet the deadline, the young man asked to fulfill only one desire: to kiss his beloved. Bibi Khanym was angry but agreed. The man tried to kiss her cheek, but Bibi Khanym covered it with her hand. It did not work though - the kiss was so hot that it burned the queen and left a pink speck.

When the husband returned, he admired the majestic domes and minarets, but his attention was distracted by the pink speck. The enraged emir immediately ordered to find the impudent young man, and was surprised to find out that the man had made wings and flown to the sacred city of Mashhad. Since then, the mausoleum is considered a symbol of the great love between the great Timur and the beautiful Bibi Khanym. Hundreds of believers come to this sacred place to ask Bibi Khanym to help them to find love, peace and tranquility in their homes, and to pray for their families.

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