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Serags

Serahs oasis, situated between Nishapur and Merv was one of the important points on the way of the Great Silk Route. The significance of Serahs increased after the Arabs' invasion. It was in those days that the direction of one of the main routes of the Great Silk Road has been changed; now it led from the central areas of Iran to Nishapur and from there, across Serahs, to Merv and further to the east.

Seargs Baba MausoleumThe 11th century is marked by the formation of a strong Turkmen state with the dynasty of Great Seidjuks at the head, who left a brilliant mark in the history of Middle and Near East people.Creation of two and even three - layered dome constructions became a remarkable achievement of the architectural style of the Seraks architecture. The Seraks fortress became an important town, surrounded with clay (paksha) walls with towers and moats.In 11-12 c.c. the town presented a citadel. Abul Fazil mausoleum (its folk name is Sarakhs Baba). It is one of the most perfect pieces of the South Turkmenistan architecture (1024) which in spite of its small dimensions (15,4X 15,4 m in plan) looks monumental enough. It has a double sphere conic dome. Not far from Abul -Fazil tomb ther ked out in three layers: deep vaulted bays on axes are underneath, an arcature is above them and three bladed pendentives are beyond in the subdome system. The dome is double-shelled.
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