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Khoja Ziemurod Mosque in Samarkand

Religious mosques of Samarkand.

"World history is the sum of all that could not be repeated"

Bertrand Russell.

The trip from Petropavlovsk to Samarkand.

The Khoja Ziemurod Mosque is one of the ancient religious buildings of Samarkand. The present building was built on the foundation of the end of the 9th and early 10th centuries. In the foundation of the mosque during the restoration, bricks were found during the rule of Sultan of the Seljuk Empire, Ahmad Sanjar (1086 - 1157).
The legend says that Tamerlane transferred here the relics of Hazrat Dzhirdzhis (Saint George) and buried them near the mosque. True, in Soviet times, the alleged burial place of the saint was demolished. According to belief, prayer in the mosque leads to the rapid fulfillment of good desires.
Hence its name, which means in translation a quick fulfillment of desires. In ancient times, the mosque was covered with a dome, after the destruction of which the building was covered with wooden beams. At the end of the XIXth century, an aivan was erected around the mosque, and a minaret towers near the mosque.
In Soviet times, the mosque remained operational. Her last restoration was carried out in 1992. Located in the historic center of the city, north of Registan Square.

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Photos by
Alexander Petrov.