"Ulug Beg's mosque" Shahrisabz Things to Do Tip by TheWanderingCamel

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Built by Temur's grandson, Ulug Beg, in 1435-6, Sharisabz's Kok Gumbaz mosque (kok - blue gumaz-dome) great dome has been restored to its former azure glory along with the portal and arch leading into it. The tiling here mimics the astral themes of the tiles on the Ulugh Beg medressa in Samarkand. The internal decoration of the mosque and the two mausolea nearby differs from the usual style of the era in that the largely blue and white palette of the painted and frescoed walls seems to have a strongly Chinese influence, some of it looking for all the world like scenes from a Chinese plate.

As in so many places in Uzbekistan, the effects of the dire water problems caused by cotton's insatiable thirst are evident in the damage being caused by the rising water table. On our first visit in 2005, the restoration that had been done in time to celebtrate Ulug Beg's 600th anniversary in 1994 was already quite damaged. Now, in 2009, it was being done all over again.

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  • Updated Nov 23, 2009
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