Kaffal Al Shashi Mausoleum, Tashkent

kaffal_shashi_mausoleumKaffal Al Shashi Mausoleum is one of the favorite Tashkent tourist sights for foreign and local travelers. As local Muslims belief, this is the most sacred place in the city.

The Tashkent Mausoleum of Kaffal Al Shashi was constructed in honor of Imam Mohammed Abu-bakra Ali ibn Ismail Al Kaffal Al Shashi. His original vault not saved as per origin. It’s nowadays version was build in 1542 by one architect of that period Gulyam Husain. An architectural Tashkent monument of the16th century, the Kaffal Al Shashi Mausoleum of erected above the tomb of the esteemed ecclesiastic is also included in the Ensemble Khazrat (Hast) Imam.

This asymmetric mausoleum with domes and portals is khanaka. Khanaka was planned to give pilgrims shelter in living space – hujrah. The complex of Kaffal Al Shashi also included a mosque and a space for cooking called oshkhona. To the south from the main building, in the small yard are burial places of later period.

Tashkent mausoleum has a rectangular form, and is topped with a dome on a cylindrical, slightly narrowed drum. The gravestone of Kaffal Al Shashi is located in the niche of the mausoleum. In spite of the fact that this building was rebuilt several times, for the walls of the ancient part of the mausoleum baked tiled bricks and belts of majolica inscriptions were used for the decoration of the mausoleum. The portal still has facing from glazed bricks and majolica.
It has preserved a unique decor for Tashkent, with its majolica from the 16th century and with historical inscription containing the names of master architects and dates of construction.

Kaffal Al Shashi Mausoleum in Tashkent has a high historical and artistic value.
Near Tashkent Mausoleum of Kaffal Al Shashi is located the house of Hodja Ahrar Vali, he was follower of Kaffal Shashiy. Hoja Ahrar also was the follower of Bahouddin Nakshbandi, he stated, that people of religion should not ask for living but they must live with their own labor. In his own life, his credo was the words of Nakhsbandi: “-Dil ba eru dast be kor“which means: “heart is with god and hands with labor”.