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The Shrine of Khwajah Ahmad Yasavi

To conquer the living by exalting the dead, Timur ordered a new shrine to be built atop the old tomb of the old mystic.

Masons, spared death in his campaigns, weave together the squares of earth that begin to spin Subhan Allah, Glorious is God, Subhan Allah, Glorious is God, all the way up to the edge of heaven’s dome and now as the bricks ascend on bent backs they grow lighter and lighter until the faithful below believe they see perfection; only those above know what compromises it takes to achieve the illusion of order; only they, clinging to the dome of heaven can see its faults: the azure tile is poorly centered and the blob of mortar dries out of place.

Death, in its own perfection, will find Timur too and at once they will all disperse leaving the vision perpetually incomplete.

Shrine of Khwajah Ahmad Yasavi.  Ourplace.com

Shrine of Khwajah Ahmad Yasavi.
Ourplace.com

Shrine of Khwajah Ahmad Yasavi.  Ouroyster.com

Shrine of Khwajah Ahmad Yasavi.
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Shrine of Khwajah Ahmad Yasavi.  Archnet.org

Shrine of Khwajah Ahmad Yasavi.
Archnet.org