"Having seen the former abode of the khans," says Oliphant, "we thought we would now visit their present resting-place. So, leaving the fountains to play and babble in silent halls, and the divans to grace untenanted rooms, and the trees to blossom and perfume the deserted gardens, we entered the vaulted chambers in which the most illustrious khans repose. Here a venerable old hadje held tremulously aloft the dim, flickering light, to enable us to look over the turbaned tombstones. Passing out, we walked through the cemetery, where vines cluster over the crumbling ruins that tell of departed greatness; and all seemed travelling the same road which the occupants of these sculptured sepultures have already taken."
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Sears, Robert. An Illustrated Description of the Russian Empire. New York: Robert Sears, 1855