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  • History Museum in Samarkand

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    Building of the museum
    The Museum of History in Samarkand has been established in 1958 and became the largest collection of historical materials, ceramics and remnants of the past civilizations that flourished on the territory of the modern Central Asia for at least two thousand years. The museum reflects material development, cultural achievements and a tremendous layer of the cultural life related to religion: from Zoroastrinism, to Islam, with a drop of Christianity and Judaism.






    One of the exquisite displays that the museum features is the coffin of the mighty emperor Amir Timur.

    What Tamerlane looked like
    As the legend goes, Amir Timur decided to go for a war raid to China. On the way to Otrar, Tamerlane dies, and even though he had made a clear will to be buried in Shakhrisabz, his native town, where he had erected a modest crypt for himself, but the descendants of the Emperor did not follow the will of the King, and his body was brought back to Samarkand in a wooden coffin, and buried in the gorgeous Gur Emir Mausoleum.