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Shayhantaur Ensemble in Tashkent

Shayhantaur Ensemble, Tashkent

The Shayhantaur ensemble is an architectural complex, the center of which is the Mausoleum of Sheikh Hoveni at-Tahura (Shaikhantaur). One of the most important architectural monuments of Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It is located in the center of modern Tashkent in a quadrangle formed by the streets of Alisher Navoi, Shaikhantohur and Abdulla Kadiri.

The Shayhantaur Mausoleum is the main part of the Shayhantaur architectural ensemble, one of the most important architectural monuments of the city of Tashkent. The mausoleum is located in the city center in a quadrangle formed by the streets of Abay, Alisher Navoi, Shaikhantohur and Abdullah Kadiri.

Around the mausoleum of Shayhantaura for many centuries, the tombs of the rulers of Tashkent and their entourage were built. And by the end of the 19th century, a necropolis arose here, consisting already of sixteen mausoleums. However, only three buildings have survived to this day: the mausoleums of Sheikh Khovendi at-Tahur, Kaldyrgoch-Biyai and Yunus Khan.

The Shayhantaur Mausoleum was built by order of Amir Temur for the Sufi Sheikh Khavendi at-Tahur, revered by all Muslims, in the 14th century. According to legend, Sheikh Khavendi at-Tahur bequeathed to his descendants to bury himself in this place next to the Saur tree of Alexander the Great. Saura is a coniferous tree of local species, around their mausoleum there was a whole grove that became lifeless already in the 15th century. And today in the sheikh's mausoleum you can see this petrified tree, which is called "dead".

The tomb of Shayhantaur consists of two rooms: in the first, under the twelve-sided dome, there is the tomb of the sheikh himself, in the second - the burial place of his wife and son.

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