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Shakresabz, birthplace of Tamerlane

Shakresabz, birthplace of Tamerlane

Uzbekistan Holidays - Tamerlane's Aksaray Palace

Often omitted from Uzbekistan tours, Shakresabz is in our opinion well worth a detour, and makes a good lunch break on a journey between Bukhara and Samarkand.  The mighty Tamerlane was born in Shakresabz and his legacy dominates the city.  Although he made Samarkand his capital he fortified the town of his birth and also built the monumental Aksaray Palace (White Palace), whose magnificent gateway renains unrestored but virtually intact to this day.  The Aksaray Palace was the largest building that Tamerlane built, its two minarets (unfortunately long gone) reaching heights of 65 metres.  Also worth seeing are the 15th century Kok Gumbaz Mosque (below right) and the Tomb of Jehangir, who was Tamurlane's eldest son (below left).  Next to the latter is the crypt built for Tamerlane himself, which was never used as he was buried in his capital city of Samarkand.