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Sayid Allauddin Mausoleum in Khiva

Sayid Allauddin Mausoleum, Khiva

The mausoleum Sayid Alauddin is one of the many mausoleums of Khiva in Uzbekistan. As the historical part of this city, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is located against the wall of the madrasa Matniaz Divan-Beghi.

It was built in 1303 in honor of a famous Sufi sheikh of that time. It is the oldest monument of the city still standing. with a square plan, the mausoleum is surmounted by a dome and has a remarkable tomb covered with majolica of the first half of the fourteenth century. The ziaratkhaneh dates back to the seventeenth century.

The mausoleum was built by Amir Kulal, a ceramist born in Bukhara. He had to be buried next to Said Alauddin, but his death in Bukhara did not allow it. This explains why there are two tombs but in the end only one body.

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