the birthplace of Amir Timur, is located in a valley surrounded by foothills of
Pamir Mountains. It was only a small town named 'Kesh' at the time of Tamerlane,
but his descendants continued development of Shakhrisabz long after his death.
It is one of the greenest towns in the Republic.
Timur's Ak Saray (White Palace) is among remarkable architectural
monuments in Shakhrisabz, and it took over 20 years to build it. It was destroyed
by Abdulla Khan of Bukhara in the 17th century AD. The summer palace of Emir retained
its grandeur like memorials in Samarkand. There only remained a 40 meter high
portal covered with gorgeous blue, white and gold mosaics. It was probably the
most largest Timur's project built at the end of the 14th century.
Mosque & Dorut Tilyovat
Kok-Gombaz, a huge Cathedral Mosque, was completed
at the order of Ulughbek in 1437 in honor of his father Shakhruh (Timur's son).
An original burial complex of Timur's ancestors Dorut Tilyovat (House of Meditation)
is behind it. Mausoleum of Sheikh Shamseddin Kulal, the spiritual teacher of Timur
and his father, - was built at the order of Tamerlane in 1374, is on left whereas
Gumbazi Seyidan (Dome of Seyyids) is on the right. Erection of Gumbazi Seyidan
was completed at the orders of Ulughbek as a mausoleum for his offspring.