Amir Temur’ Crypt

According to Claviho Amir Temur’s mausoleum was built in Shahrisabz at the beginning of the 15th century. But instead of Shahrisabz, Sahibkiran was buried in Gur-Emir mausoleum which he built for his grandson in the center of Samarkand (see Gur-Emir). But the mausoleum in Shakhrisabz could have survived. It was probably somewhere within the complex of Dor as-Siadat, which by the 20th century, had been heavily damaged. In the middle of the 20th century archaeologists found an underground crypt, which due to its position could be the underground part of Amir Temur’s mausoleum. It is located on the eastern side of Dor as-Siadat memorial on its central axis. The underground construction has a cruciform structure and is faced with marble which was decorated with carved inscriptions and cartouches. An exquisite stone sarcophagus stands in the center of the tomb but contrary to tradition, there is no text engraved on the slab top. The open footings show that there was a mausoleum with memorial mosque above the crypt.

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