Rukhabad mausoleum

Rukhabad mausoleum

In Northside from a tomb of Gur-Emir settles down the mausoleum "Rukhabad" which was erected over a grave of the Islamic mystic Sheikh Burhaneddin Klichkov Sagardzhi, he was appreciated by Temur's contemporaries. "Rukhabad" is translated as «a spirit monastery». Sheikh Burhaneddin Klichkov Sagardzhi died in China in the XIV century. He gave admonition to his son Abu Said to bury him in Samarkand near burial of the Samarkand sheikh Basir. Abu Said also disposed of that over a grave of his father has erected a mausoleum.

Time of construction of the mausoleum is not revealed. However, on relief tile ornaments, researchers refer construction to the middle of the XIV century. In the mausoleum, Rukhabad Burhaneddin's burials with members of his family are settled down.

In the mausoleum sons of the sheikh Abu Said, Sheikhzoda Isomaddin and other Sagardzhi`s members of the family are also buried, one of which "Chinese princess" - the spouse of the sheikh. One legend says that under a dome of the mausoleum there is a box with seven hair of Prophet Mahomet.

Mausoleum "Rukhabad"

Next to the mausoleum Rukhabad in 1880 - 1882 was constructed a summer mosque. In its registration, it is possible to see east Turkish and Chinese motives. This mosque operated till 1941, its work was restored in 1991.

The mausoleum Rukhabad visually differs from other monumental and picturesque medieval monuments of Samarkand the compact forms and simplicity. This building is not decorated by a facing mosaic and colourful ornaments.

In the 1950th, mausoleum restoration was carried out so the building was strengthened and was repaired overlapping.

It is told that the Great Timur respected very much Burhaneddin Sagardzhiand if he passed astride by his mausoleum, he descended from a horse and went further on foot.

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