The mausoleum where Temur is buried was definitely not built for Tamerlane. It was built by Tamerlane for burying one of his grandchildren. Tamerlane, he wanted to be buried in Shakhrisabz, in his hometown.
In 1403 Muhammad Sultan, the successor of Temur dies unexpectedly. Before his death he managed to build one wonderful madrasah and a khanaga (shelter for pilgrims) near the mausoleum Rukhabad. Temur decided to bury him in the middle of these two constructions. The mausoleum with big blue dome looks gorgeous on the background of 2 minarets and the beautiful portal of the madrasah.
One year later Temur also dies on the road while he was leading his troop to invade China and his children decide to bury him in Samarkand. Later-on his grandson Ulugh Beg decorates the mausoleum of his grandfather with the most precious materials of his time: gold, jade, marble, ceramics etc. About forty years later Ulugh Beg was also buried in the same place.
Guri-Emir can now be called as a mausoleum of the dynasty of Temurn. He is buried there together with his two sons, his grandchildren, his spiritual guide …
Most of the travelers who visit this mausoleum confirm that the mausoleum of Amir Temur in Samarkand is one of the richest mausoleums of all Central Asia.
Top Recommended Monument to Visit in Samarkand.