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Ak Astana-baba (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: Surkhandarya region Long. 67°15' East Lat. 36°53' North
Ref.: 810

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The mausoleum is situated on the territory of large and ancient burial—ground and built in honour of the Abu—Khu Khureyra considered as prophet's associate. The mausoleum has centric composition, square in plan and oriented to all World's parts. The cubiform construction is flanked by guldusta towers and crowned by well—proportioned sphere—conical dome. Octahedron with arches is decorating dome's ceiling. North—east, north—west and south—west walls of the interior have rather deep lancet bays with two twelve—sided columns. The room with grave stone sagana is lightened by hole in sophit of the entrance arch. Façades are decorated by figured brickwork with wide vertical seams. Upper row of brickwork is sloped. Socle, the first ring and two rows of brickwork made from large bricks.