Shah-i-Zinda (Uzbek: Shohizinda; Persian: شاه زنده, meaning “the living king”) is a necropolis in the north-eastern part of Samarkand, Uzbekistan.
The Shah-i-Zinda ensemble includes mausoleums and other ritual buildings of 9-14th and 19th centuries. Shah-i-Zinda was formed over nine centuries (from 11th to 19th) and now includes more than 20 buildings. Like most other monumental structures in Samarkand Shah-i-Zinda’s architectural style is also Timurid.
The name Shah-i-Zinda is connected with the legend that Kusam ibn Abbas, the cousin of the prophet of Muhammed was buried there. He came to Samarkand with the Arabian invasion in the 7th century. Popular legends speak that he was beheaded for his faith, but he took his head and went into a deep well (Garden of Paradise) where he is still living now.