Samarkandskiia drevnosti. Grobnitsa sviatago Kussama ibni Abassa (Shakh-Zinde) i mavzolei pri nei. Mavzolei Aine-Khane (Emira Mussi). Otdielka uglovogo prostranstva nad oknom v sievernom fasadie
Illus. in: Turkestanskīi al'bom, chast' arkheologicheskaia ..., 1871-1872, part 1, vol. 1, pl. 46.
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Samarkand is one of the oldest inhabited cities in Central Asia, prospering from its location on the trade route between China and the Mediterranean (Silk Road). Researchers of the Institute of Archeology of Samarkand argue for the existence of the city between the 8th and 7th centuries BC.