Saturday, 11 May 2019

State Historical and Cultural Park “Ancient Merv”

Merv is the oldest and best-preserved of the oasis-cities along the Silk Route in Central Asia.

Kiz Bibi Tomb
This postcard was sent by Gert

The Kiz Bibi Tomb has a square plan. It is built of brick and the facades are solid. There are no windows or spandrels to provide light far the interior. The upper floor is covered with a single dome. The collapse of the wall on the northern side of the building created an opening. As seen in most other tombs, the inner section consists of iwantype spandrels placed in the middle of each surface. Transition to the dome is provided by squinches in the comers. No decoration is found inside the building. The original shape of the building was lost during the latest restorations. Spandrels in the interior were turned into windows, conferring a canopied appearance.
It is not known who is buried in the tomb, and there is no sarcophagus inside the tomb. Pilyavskiy, who researched the tomb before the renovations, dated the tomb to the 11 th-12th centuries. - in:

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