Mausoleum of the Samanids
Monuments of Bukhara
The Samanids mausoleum, is the family tomb of the rulers of Samanid dynasty and one of the most famous architectural masterpieces of Bukhara. The mausoleum was built in the beginning of IX century and was finished at the end of the XX century. It is one of the best examples of architecture from the reign of the Samanid dynasty.
The mausoleum is in form of a cube, covered with a hemispherical dome. These forms conceal mythological symbolism, which were peculiar to the ancient religions. According to Sufism cube symbolizes the stability and the earth, dome symbolizes the sky and their reunion represents the universe.
Grandson of Ismail Samani- Nasr II ibn Ahmad (943), and Ismail (907) presumably were buried there. According to legend Ismail Samani constructed it to his father, and later the mausoleum became the family burial vault.
The mausoleum of the Samanids was deservedly recognized as a masterpiece of world architecture for the perfection of all geometric shapes, which were achieved by the unity of design. Figured brickwork decors the walls inside and outside.
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