Photo Album. Architecture. Shahi-Zindah (Uzbekistan)
Title: Architecture. Shahi-Zindah (Uzbekistan)
Author: by Nina Borisovna Nemtseva (Author)
Publisher: Izdatelstvo literatury i iskusstva im. Gafura Guliama (1987), 139 pages
Shah-i-Zinda (Uzbek: Shohizinda; Persian: شاه زنده, meaning “The Living King”) is a necropolis in the north-eastern part of Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
The Shah-i-Zinda Ensemble includes mausoleums and other ritual buildings of 9-14th and 19th centuries. The name Shah-i-Zinda (meaning “The living king”) is connected with the legend that Kusam ibn Abbas, the cousin of the prophet Muhammad was buried there. As if he came to Samarkand with the Arab invasion in the 7th century to preach Islam. Popular legends speak that he was beheaded for his faith. But he took his head and went into the deep well (Garden of Paradise), where he’s still living now. The Shah-i-Zinda complex was formed over nine (from 11th till 19th) centuries and now includes more than twenty buildings.