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Hazrati Doud pilgrimage site. Tiny mosque on hilltop / Jaskinia wielebnego Dawida Hazrati Daud, meczet na górze


Seen in the picture is the small mosque on top of a hill housing the cave of Hazrati Daud, e.g. Blessed David. The cave is just 200 steps downwards from the mosque.

The cave itself is a pilgrimage site in the Samarkand region. Legend has it that biblical King David hid from his enemies, here. The uneven surface of the cave visible on one side not far away from the entrance is believed to be the scratches of David imprinted in the wall. People touch these hand prints and ask for healing or for other miracles.

The cave is a narrow corridor 0.5 to 4 meters wide and 30 meters long and 15 m high. The walls are covered with calcite sometimes wandering formations, stalactites.

Hazrati Daud is located in the Mirankul mountains, 40 km south-west from Samarkand. At the foot of the mountain there is a large garden.

The summit can be reached by donkey or by horse from here, but most pilgrims choose the more difficult way of climbing the 2000 steps.


Пещера Хазрати Довуд на северном склоне Зарафшанских гор в 25 (или 40) км к юго-западу от Самарканда. Длина этой пещеры – 50 метров, общий объем – 1150 куб. м. Пещера состоит из нескольких больших залов, стены которых покрыты известняковыми натеками причудливой формы.

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  • Uploaded on July 3, 2010
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