Hazrat Daud Cave

Hazrat-Daud is not only an interesting natural sight but also one of the most popular religious monuments in Uzbekistan. The cave is located in Samarkand region, on the territory of Aksay village and is associated with the name of St. David. There are many legends in different nations about St. David and the cave; that's why this holy place is visited by thousands of pilgrims.

The Arab legend tells that God sent David to Asia to preach monotheism. Zoroastrians met David (Hazrat Daud) with great anger and started chasing him. Daud found shelter in the mountains and with the power of God managed to move the stones of the mountain and hide in the cave.

It is believed that anyone who visits the cave and makes a wish will definitely come true. About 2500 steps lead to the cave. On the way, there is a Muslim house where pilgrims stop to pray. The final steps reach up to the entrance of the cave. In fact, the cave is a narrow 60 meters in length and 4 meters in width tunnel with 15 m high walls. There are handprints and footprints on the walls and on the ground of the cave. Pilgrims believe that dreams come true if you touch the prints.

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