Mausoleum of Saint Daniel

Mausoleum of Saint Daniel in Samarkand

There is a tomb of St. Daniel, located just outside Samarkand, Uzbekistan. According to the local legend, the Turkic conqueror Amir Timur attempted to conquer Syria for many years, but was unsuccessful. One of his ministers suggested it was because the saint from the biblical times, Daniel, was buried there. Timur then sent his army to where Daniel was entombed in Syria, and after a fierce fight with the Syrians, was able to take some of his remains back to Uzbekistan. It is also said that on the day Daniel was entombed a natural source of water sprung up at that spot, and it is believed by locals that its water has the power to heal.

The mausoleum of St. Daniel in 2001, as well as a number of historical architectural and archaeological monuments of Samarkand, was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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