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Complex of Sheikh Mukhtar-Vali (mausoleum)

Date of Submission: 01/06/1996
Criteria: (i)(ii)(iii)
Category: Cultural
Submitted by:
Ministry of Cultural Affairs - Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Coordinates: Khorezm region Long. 60°23' East Lat. 41°16' North
Ref.: 798

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Mausoleum was erected in the XVI century above the grave of Ostana settlement founder Sheikh-Mukhtar-Vali, who was died in 1287. The Mausoleum has longitudinal shape, one of the most ancient of such kind. The composition of this multy-cupola and multy-volumetric monument was built on the long axis from east to west. The plan of the construction has not definite geometric outline but it is complicated by annexes. In spite of this complex is perceiving as integral organism. The hall of large mosque and smaller mosque behind emphasize the long axis in a complicated asymmetric composition. The big and small halls are covered by arched sails of different shapes. The burial—vault is overlapped by dome on the shield sails. The floors of store rooms have different kinds of the arches. The façades are decorated by baked bricks. All interiors are plastered by gunch. The grave stone is made from baked bricks, with stairs at the basis. The carving of three wooden doors make them special and distinctive.