Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Uzbekistan - Mausoleum Rukhabad
Mausoleum Rukhabad, 14th century.
Sent by Sveta from Moscow, Russia.
Note : Still waiting for the first postcard sent stamped from Uzbekistan.
"Not far from the majestic Gur Emir is an ancient ascetic building - a mausoleum Rukhabad. It was built for the widely revered by its contemporaries of Tamerlane Sheikh Burhaneddin Klichkov Sagardzhi. By legend, Amir Temur himself used to come down from his horse and walked when he had to pass by this mausoleum.
After the death of Sheikh Sagardzhi, who was one of the brightest leaders and distributors of Islam, his son Abu Said moved his father's body from China to Samarkand. Sheikh himself gave a will to be buried here, and his son performed the last wishes of his father, and later Tamerlane ordered to build a mausoleum over the grave of the venerable Sheikh. He was named "Rukhabad" - the abode of the spirit.
The building does not differ by grandeur and bright ornaments. Occupying a small area, with a small dome of the mausoleum is an example of austerity. Later here were buried the sons of the sheik, and many members of his family, including his wife, the so-called "Chinese princess”.
Also, the there is a legend that under the dome there is hidden box with seven hairs of Prophet Muhammad. To believe or not believe, is the right of everyone, but it worth to visit the mausoleum. Moreover, it is included in an informal ensemble of mausoleums Gur Emir and Ak-Saray."(Source)