Promenade of Mausoleums

Shah-i-Zinda, Samarkand, Uzbekistan, on Monday, October 20, 2014.

Shah-i-Zinda is not just a cemetery, it’s a showcase of some of the most intricate mosaic and tilework of the Muslim world. Walking through this initial “canyon” of mausoleums brings you to a promenade of other resting places of prominent people. This picture was taken before a busload of Chinese tourists arrived.


According to a nearby descriptive sign (and my guidebook), this mausoleum, the resting place of Temur’s niece Shodi Mulk Oko, is the most beautiful tomb in all of Shah-i-Zinda. Looking at how intricate the mosaic tilework is, that might be accurate.

It’s mausoleum after mausoleum at Shah-i-Zinda. If Oprah was here, she’d be like, “You get a mausoleum and YOU get a mausoleum, and YOU get a mausoleum. Everybody gets a mausoleeummmmmm….!”

Entering The Gate.

I admire the colors and the art work of this room at the Kusam Ibn Abbas Complex within Shah-i-Zinda — it truly is astounding. However, I don’t realize at the time that everyone is sitting down, and waiting for me to sit as well. One man even motions another to make room, to let me sit. Confused, I just sit down and realize what’s going on. A prayer session goes on for a few minutes and I try to follow along, but it’s lost on me.

Exiting The Gate.

Not to sound culturally-insensitive, but this kid looks like he’s straight out of Hogwarts.


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This dispatch is one of over 70 travel dispatches from the trip grouped and titled, "The Global Trip: 'Stan By Me." It's an archived compilation of Instagram and Facebook posts which chronicled a trip through three countries in Central Asia: Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

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