4.614 | Fall 2002 | Undergraduate

Religious Architecture and Islamic Cultures

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The Gur-i-Amir Mausoleum in Samarqand (1404). Initially a religious complex appropriated to build a tomb for Timur’s grandson Muhammad Sultan, it became the burial place for Timur and his male descendants. It formed a part of a larger religious complex, and a later madrasa abutted on its side. The double-shell dome achieves both an interior harmony and an exterior verticality.

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