Pir Siddiq Complex
Margilan is also one of the cities on the Great Silk Road. It is located in the Ferghana Valley, where earthquakes are quite common. For this reason, not many monuments of antiquity have been preserved in their original form. However, all of them are of great interest, both in terms of history, and for fans of eastern legends. One of these legends is about the holy Pir Siddiq. The legend says that in the distant past, when the Turkic tribes seized the lands of Central Asia, one of the troops was chasing after Pir Siddiq. In search of shelter, Pir Siddiq discovered a cave and decided to take shelter within its walls. For some wonderful reason pigeons began to fly to this cave in large numbers and worm nests at the entrance.
According to legend, this is exactly what Pir Siddiq saved. The pagan army, seeing a huge number of birds quietly nesting near the cave, decided that there could be no human here, otherwise the birds would not be so calm, and they did not search the cave's bowels. In memory of this legend, at the burial site of Pir Siddiq, a mausoleum was erected, representing a whole complex of buildings, such as a burial vault, a dovecote, a mosque and a minaret. Columns, with a beautiful carved ornament, support the overlap of the tombstone, which used to be a dome. The courtyard of the tomb is surrounded by a fence and a monumental Entrance, Darvozahona.
Darvozahona is a construction that deserves special attention. The entrance to the complex is made in the form of a high monumental construction with a characteristic ornament and a form of passage for the eastern architecture. And on both sides dome lanterns rise, as well, executed according to the canons of eastern architecture. Pigeons hold pigeons, which are considered holy birds. These pigeons freely roam the whole territory of the complex, which attract the attention of tourists. The mausoleum itself was erected on the site of an even older burial dating from 1742, which is described on a plate located above the entrance to the mausoleum.