The mausoleum with richly decorated peshtak (frontal arched portal) dated to the year 743 of the Hijra (1342-1343 CE) is located in the remote piedmont environment but yet bears the characteristics of metropolitan Samarkand architecture.
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Mausoleum of Khoja Mukhammad Bashoro

It reflects the transformation of a mosque into a mausoleum. It is a rare example of the evolution of Muslim architecture nurtured by local traditions of architecture and local beliefs, which can be documented by dry trunk of a tree in the center of its dome. The uniqueness was brought to the mausoleum by its beautiful peshtak portal, certainly one of the best in Central Asia. It is made of carved terracotta with inserts of colored glazed tiles and bricks and contains the date of erection in elaborate Kufi script. Unlike many other examples of post-Mongol Islamic architecture of Transoxiana, the Mausoleum of Khoja Mukhammad Bashoro was barely affected by extensive modern restorations and remains a rare case of almost untouched authentic religious building. The architectural monument bears a unique testimony to internationalized and highly developed Sufi communities of mostly post-Mongol Islamic Period and is an example of elaborate religious building of Islamic period associated with the highly developed Islamic culture of Transoxiana, usually outside the main cities.

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