Kulob

Kulob - a city in the Khatlon region of Tajikistan, one of the oldest cities in the country. It is located in the valley of the river Yakhsu (Panj pool), 203 km south-east of the city of Dushanbe. It has the population of 97.5 thousand Inhabitants according to the 2009. Kulob City celebrated its 2700 th anniversary in 2006, for many centuries it was an important political, trade-economic and cultural center of the vast Khatlon region. The city is on one of the branches of the Silk Road and had close economic and cultural relations with many countries of East and West. Kulob is the largest city in Eastern Bukhara and have had 20 blocks. In Kulob highly been developed various kinds of crafts, including weaving (silk high-quality fabrics: brocade, alocha, kurtachi, Suzanne), jewelry, pottery and leather production. 

Kulob is famous for its embroideries (gulduzi and Chuck), which have a unique kind of shapes and colors. Right in the center of the city of Kulob, in the park there was planted centuries old plane trees, that is a memorial complex Mir Sayyid Ali Hamadoni - poet, philosopher and thinker of the XIV century. Here were buried his son Muhammad, many relatives, and former superintendent of the mausoleum and the mosque, Sheikh Shokhi Tolikoni from Afghan city of Tolukana. The building of the mausoleum is a traditional medieval building. Originally it had three portal entrances with domed hall decorated with carved decor. This building dates to the end of the XIV century. Later the mosque and tomb were attached to it. In the 70s of the last century the mausoleum was restored. Near the mausoleum there is another marble tombstone with inscriptions in Arabic and Persian, decorated with geometric designs.