shah i zinda

Mausoleum of Shirin Beg Agha, sister of Timur, at the Shah-i Zinda necropolis in Samarqand.  The exterior decoration of this tomb includes inscriptions attributed to Socrates, including: “In truth the people of this world are like birds rejoicing.”

Shah-i-Zinda (Uzbek: Shohizinda; Persian: شاه زنده‎‎, meaning “The Living King”) is a necropolis in the north-eastern part of Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Ensemble includes mausoleums and other ritual buildings of 9-14th and 19th centuries.

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Art by Russian painter Vasily Vereshchagin (1842-1904) who traveled all over the world, saw things that few men of his generation did, and painted them without apology. Top to bottom: In Jerusalem, Royal Tombs; Arab on a Camel; Sunset in Himalayas; Mausoleum of Shah-i-Zinda in Samarkand; Taj Mahal, Evening; Fire of Zamoskvorechye; In Defeated Moscow; The three main gods in a Chingacheling Buddhist monastery in Sikkim; Present Trophies; and Defeated, Requiem, a scene from the Russo-Turkish war in which a priest waves incense over the dead on the battlefield.

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Shah-i-Zinda (Uzbek: Shohizinda; Persian: شاه زنده‎, meaning “The Living King”) is a necropolis in the north-eastern part of Samarkand, Uzbekistan.