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Sultan-Saodat cult-memorial complex

Sultan-Saodat cult-memorial complex — photo 1

Sultan Saodat is a very ancient building near Termez city, which is a family memorial complex. Members of the Termez Seyids family, including Hassan al Emir, the founder of the entire dynasty, are buried here. One legend says that there lie the ashes of Emir Hussein himself, which was an associate and rival of the legendary Tamerlan.

According to the information taken from the archives, this attraction was built in the period from the 12th to the 17th century. All buildings of the complex were built at different periods of time for specific purposes – these are mausoleums, mosques, dervish lodges, etc.

Together they make up a whole yard. The complex is based on a pair of mausoleums, united by a high canopy. Since the beginning of the 15th century, this place has been used as a memorial. All the mausoleums here do not have any inscriptions so it’s impossible to know exactly who was buried here.

Octagonal arches adorn the entrances in the mosque, lining up in an ensemble. The entrances to the gur-hon (funerary) and to the ziyarat-hon mausoleums located in the side walls. Most likely, the entrance on the east side was the main entrance.

It is decorated most luxuriously: high arches, a massive arch, symmetrical geometric niches shaped are combined perfectly into decorated front entrance. The burnt brick, which became the main material for the construction of the complex, was a large expanse for bricklayers in terms of decorating. For example, the facade was decorated with carved brick, the carving was made in the form of bows  decorated with blue glaze. Besides, the bricks were cut into thinner parts in order to form other small interesting decoration elements. In earlier times the window openings had plaster carved grates made in so called “ganch” style.

Ziyarat-hona was made in less decorative manner. The walls are lined with simple brickwork. On the territory of the gur-khona there are many burials, above which rectangular brick buildings –  tombstones – are placed. That’s why this place is generally referred to as the mausoleum. Construction was carried out here in the 15th century, and in the 19th century some sections began to collapse. In general, the Sultan-Saodat cult-memorial complex is of great interest both architecturally and culturally, which attracts visitors to it at any time of the year.

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