Bukhara Historical Mosques Tour (Self Guided), Bukhara

Bukhara is a very important place for the Islam faith, having been at the center of the Muslim world during the golden age of the Samanids. Many mosques here date back centuries, with deep traditions and magnificent architecture. Thanks to its many mosques and madrasas, the historic center of Bukhara is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take our tour to see the most captivating mosques in the city.
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Bukhara Historical Mosques Tour Map

Guide Name: Bukhara Historical Mosques Tour
Guide Location: Uzbekistan » Bukhara (See other walking tours in Bukhara)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Author: rose
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Magak-i Attari Mosque
  • Kalyan Minaret
  • Kalyan Mosque
  • Bolo-Khaouz Mosque
  • Balyand Mosque
  • Namazgokh Mosque
Magak-i Attari Mosque

1) Magak-i Attari Mosque (must see)

Before a synagogue was built, Jews once shared part of the Magak-i-Attari mosque with Muslims. It is not known if both used the building at the same time or not. Before the Arab conquest there was a bazaar on this site – it was a market for idols, potions, spices and perfumes. There was also formerly a Temple of the Moon (Mokh) close to this place. In Narshakhi’s 10th Century history of Bukhara, he writes that the mosque was named Magak-i-Attari (“mosque in the pit”) because even then half of the building was concealed by rising soil levels.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kalyan Minaret

2) Kalyan Minaret (must see)

The Kalyan minaret is a minaret of the Po-i-Kalyan mosque complex in Bukhara, Uzbekistan and one of the most prominent landmarks in the city. The minaret, designed by Bako, was built by the Qarakhanid ruler Arslan Khan in 1127 to summon Muslims to prayer five times a day. An earlier tower collapsed before completion.

It is made in the form of a circular-pillar baked brick tower, narrowing upwards. It is 45.6 metres high, of 9 metres diameter at the bottom and 6 metres overhead. The body of the minaret is topped by a rotunda with 16 arched fenestrations, from which the muezzins summoned the Muslims in the city to prayer. There is a brick spiral staircase that twists up inside around the pillar to the rotunda. Once the minaret was believed to have had another round section above the rotunda, but now only the cone-shaped top remains. The tower base has narrow ornamental strings belted across it made of bricks which are placed in both straight or diagonal fashion. The frieze is covered with a blue glaze with inscriptions. It is also known as the Tower of Death, because until as recently as the early twentieth century criminals were executed by being thrown from the top.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Kalyan Mosque

3) Kalyan Mosque (must see)

Kalyan Mosque (Maedjid-i kalyan), arguably completed in 1514, is equal with Bibi-Khanym Mosque in Samarkand in size. Although they are of the same type of building, they are absolutely different in terms of art of building. The roofing (of 288 domes) of the galleries encircling the courtyard of Kalyan Mosque rests on 208 pillars. The courtyard ends up with a portal to the main chamber with a cruciform hall, topped with a massive blue cupola on a mosaic drum.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Bolo-Khaouz Mosque

4) Bolo-Khaouz Mosque (must see)

The Bolo-Khaouz Mosque is located opposite The Ark. It was erected in 1718 as a place of worship for emirs. Like many mosques in Bukhara, Bolo-Khaouz has a pool attached to it. The complex features a winter mosque, a summer mosque (built later, in 1917), a minaret and a pool. Look out for the beautiful ornamented ceiling and wooden columns of the summer mosque.
Balyand Mosque

5) Balyand Mosque

The Balyand Mosque dates from the 16th Century. Encompassing both a winter and summer mosque, the complex’s name (meaning “high”) derives from the high stone area upon which it stands. Notice the distinctive interior of the winter mosque, which has a remarkable ornamented ceiling.
Namazgokh Mosque

6) Namazgokh Mosque (must see)

The Namazgokh Mosque in southern Bukhara was built by Arslan-khan III in the 12th Century. It was only used for worships twice a year on religious holidays. Subsequently the building had to be rebuilt in the 14th Century and again in the 16th Century.

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