The huge necropolis of Shah-I Zinda was turned into an open-air museum during Soviet times, but now it has become a centre of pilgrimage again. Shah-I Zinda means the “Living King”. Legend has it that Qusama Ibn-Abbas, a relative of the Prophet Muhammad, who brought Islam to the Samarkand region in the 7th century, continues to live in a cave underground. In the following centuries people wanted to be buried close by this holy man and a row of beautiful mausoleums were built next to the (empty) mausoleum of Qusama Ibn-Abbas. There is huge modern cemetery behind the Shah-I Zinda complex.
We are writing this from Termiz in the south of Uzbekistan, where Internet is rare and slow (and dangerous, as some may have noticed). Since we are very busy, updates are also rare and slow. We are working on it.