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Rukhabad Mausoleum

Rukhabad Mausoleum (XIV century). 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.

According to the Arabian traveler Ibn Battuta, central asian Sheikh Burkhan ad-Din Sagardji was the head of Islam in Peking. Earlier, Ibn Battuta had met him in India. After the death of Sheikh Sagardji, 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" - "House 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. The sons of the Sheikh, Abu Sa'id and Shaikhzod Isom ad-Din, as well as the other members of the Sagardji family, were buried here later; in particular, the "Chinese princess", a wife of Sheikh Sagardji.

Also, 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. A small minaret was added to the complex at the end the 19th century.