The Garden Guide

Book: Journey and Embassy to Samarkand
Chapter: Biography - Life of Timur Beg

Bibi Khanum Samarkand

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'Spoils above measure' were brought from India by the conqueror, who commenced the erection of a grand mosque at Samarkand (Bibi Khanum Mosque). Ninety captured elephants {See Clavijo, p. 156} conveyed the stones from the quarries. This splendid edifice, the monument of Timur's conquests, consisted of a vaulted roof, supported on four hundred and eighty pillars of hewn stone, with doors of brass, walls decorated with inscriptions in relief, and lofty minarets at the four corners. It is now a mere heap of ruins.