The Tomb of Bibi Maryam is located in Qalhat, a city in Sur. It is about 50 km northwest of the Ras Al Ḥadd in the Al Sharqiyah Province. An impressive archaeological site, Qalhat was a thriving port city in 13th to 15th centuries. The Bibi Maryam Mausoleum is currently on the tentative heritage list of Unesco.
History says Mongol queen Padishah Khatun appointed Ayaz as her representative in Hormuz. He left his wife Bibi Maryam, also a former Turkish slave of Maḥmud I, to rule Qalhat during his absence. According to Ibn Battuṭa and several later traditions, the widow Bibi Maryam built her husband a beautiful great mosque and a mausoleum around 1300. Another story says Bibi Maryam was buried here. The shrine measures almost 30 m long and 25 m deep with a basement or underground corridor beneath. The Portuguese sacked and set fire to the city in 1508. The site is currently under restoration. But you can view it from outside and take photographs.
Visit the mausoleum and listen to the ancient stories of a kingdom and people that lived around it. View the modern Qalhat and the sweeping Hajar Mountains from the top.
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