Photographer's Note

On my trips, I visit various places and in various ways. Sometimes I go with the group to the very touristy places, sometimes I go alone to the very remote place where I am the only tourist. Always are some advantages and disadvantages.

For a moment, I jump to my Uzbekistan lone journey. From Nukus, which is already far away, I took a taxi to Mizdakhan. Mizdakhan arose near the city of the fire-worshipers in around II-IV centuries BC, then it turned into one of the most revered Muslim shrines of Central Asia. The Mizdakhan necropolis is an ancient cemetery, there are ancient burials here, some of which have a 2,400-year history. It is one of the oldest and largest cemeteries in the Central Asian region. Since ancient times, this place has attracted numerous pilgrims with its sacredness and mystery. The latest burials date back to the XIV century.

At the top of the eastern hill is the mausoleum of Mazlumkhon-sulu, dating back to the 14th century.
This amazing structure stands above the surface of the earth with only a round dome and entrance portal. A narrow stone staircase leads deep into the ground into the vast cross-shaped hall. It is cool here even in the daytime heat of fifty degrees and light from the dome windows is poured onto the mosaic walls with blue streams.
According to the legend, the beautiful Mazlumkhon was the daughter of the ruler and her love was sought by the most notable and rich. But she loved a simple architect who could not expect to marry a princess. Angered by the fact that his daughter rejects all the suitors in a row, the ruler announced that he would give her to marry someone who, overnight, would build a tower that was as high as the sky. The enamoured architect, inspired by luck, fulfilled this condition. But, of course, still did not get the consent of his father. Then in grief, he rushed down from the minaret he had built himself. And the princess followed his fate. The governor, of course, repented and ordered to bury young lovers together and erect a mausoleum over their grave made of bricks of a minaret, which he desperately ordered to destroy and turn deep into the earth.

In the main upload, the detail of the decoration. The broader views of the blue dome interior in the Workshops.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13610 W: 141 N: 35287] (158962)
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