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This is the typical Uzbek family, visiting the Shakh-i-Zinda complex.
The Shah-i Zinda (lit. "the Living King") is a funerary complex, located on the south side of the Afrasiyab hill in the city of Samarkand.The focal point of the complex is the shrine of Qusam ibn Abbas, a cousin of the Prophet Muhammad, who was reportedly beheaded on a site near Samarkand's wall during the seventh-century Arab conquests of Transoxania. The legend, which became popular in the Timurid period, relates that Qusam, carrying his head in hands and led by the prophet Khizr, descended into a well, where he resides eternally in an underground palace as a "Living King." Archeological studies, however, indicate that the earliest structures of the Shah-i Zinda date from the eleventh century of the Common Era, when the shrine and its adjoining buildings were located at an intersection within a populated area of ancient Samarkand.

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  • Copyright: Sabo Rustamova (my_journey) Silver Note Writer [C: 5 W: 0 N: 23] (178)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2013-06-09
  • Categories: Daily Life
  • Exposure: f/5.6, 1/125 seconds
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  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2013-06-24 3:51
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