The secrets of underground tunnels
Rumors about the existence of underground tunnels in Samarkand will always haunt the residents of the city, and in recent years the interest in this subject has increased significantly. Increasingly, people mention a particular subterranean passages and sometimes their stories are interwoven with legends, that cause the distrust of scientists. But the East was always interested in this interweaving of fact and fiction
And maybe, with the legends still is something scientists should listen to him? So, the citizens claim that in the XIV century on the orders of Timur was built underground passage connecting Samarkand and Bukhara, the distance between which is 250 km away. In other versions, almost all the famous monuments – the tomb of the Shahi kings-Zin-Yes, the Timurids – the Gur-Emir – and other Grand structures – were dug underground passages in case you run out of town by a sudden assault of the enemy. Here is one of the beautiful legends. In the VII century a group of Arabs headed Kusam Ibn Abbas – cousin of prophet Mohammed – arrived in Samarkand to spread Islam. During the Salat (prayer) on the outskirts of the city took them down wrong. Kusam then picked up his severed head and went down into the dungeon, where dwells today. At that place there is his tomb and the tomb of Shah-I-Zinda (the Living Shah).
When they found him, he was already dead. According to Mikhail Nikolayevich, during operatiion was so excited about it, then what took them seriously and found other tunnels.
There is one input and on the outskirts of the city, near the grave of the biblical prophet Daniel, or Daniyar. According to one treasure hunter, he went through this underground passage, which can be attributed to the time of invasion of Alexander the great. This ancient structure is held in loess, sediments, flaking and may at any time to collapse. Therefore, he advised without safety measures not to go there.
Mention of the existence of underground tunnels in this area, called the ancient city of Afrosiab, the chronicler of Juvani. When the Mongols surrounded Afrosiab, the ancient Samarkand – and for three days kept him in a state of siege, some defenders managed to escape through an underground passage, and a week later they’ve already seen in Iraq.