Bibi-Khanym mosque (Samarkand, Uzbekistan)

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Bibi-Khanym mosque

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Bibi-Khanym Mosque is a famous historical mosque in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, whose name comes from the wife of 14th-century ruler, Amir Timur.[1]

After his Indian campaign in 1399 Timur decided to undertake the construction of a gigantic mosque in his new capital, Samarkand. The outer walls (see picture) are 167 metres (182.63 yards) in length and 109 metres (119.20 yards) in width. The cupola of the main chamber reaches a height of 40 metres [3], and the entranceway is 35 metres high.[4] There is a large marble Qur'an stand in the centre of the courtyard
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