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Pir Siddiq Complex or Pigeon Mausoleum


Margilan is the silk pearl of Uzbekistan. The city is famous for its excellent silk and rich history. Speaking of architectural attractions, we can single out a unique complex, with the foundation of which many legends are associated. This is the Pir Siddiq architectural complex.

The complex was built in the 18th century and is considered one of the few mausoleums that survived the constant earthquakes that regularly permeate the Ferghana Valley.


A very interesting legend is associated with the complex. Once upon a time, the holy saint, one of the companions of Islam and the prophet Muhmamad Siddiq, lived on this land.

Once, the holy Pir Siddiq, hiding from the pagans, hid in one of the caves, and pigeons lived around. The birds, sensing that blood might be spilled here, built their nests near the cave and sealed up the entrance with them. The pursuers, having reached the cave and seen the pigeons sitting quietly in their nests, passed by, thinking that there could not be a person hiding here, otherwise the birds would have shown concern. Thus, the pigeons saved the saint, and, probably, that is why the local population honors pigeons, and the mausoleum was popularly called Pigeon Mausoleum.

And today, you can see a lot of pigeons living near the dome of the mausoleum of St. Pir. Pigeons flying over the dome of the mausoleum create an atmosphere of fairy-tale and mysterious magic.

The Pir Siddiq complex is one of the unique Islamic attractions of Margilan, including a mausoleum, a mosque, a minaret and several dovecotes.

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