Bukhara Madrasas Tour (Self Guided), Bukhara

Madrasas – or Muslim education and religious centers – are very common in the Islamic world. In Bukhara, many of the madrasas were built centuries ago, and stand as beautiful monuments today. Most of them have a large portal decorated with magnificent multicolor mosaics, among other features. Take our tour to see the most magnificent madrasas in the city.
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Bukhara Madrasas Tour Map

Guide Name: Bukhara Madrasas Tour
Guide Location: Uzbekistan » Bukhara (See other walking tours in Bukhara)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Author: rose
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Chor-Minor Madrasa
  • Nadir Divan-Beghi Madrasah
  • Ulugbek’s Madrasa
  • Mir-i Arab Madrasa
  • Mullo Tursunjon Madrasa
  • Modari-Khan Madrasa
  • Abdullakhan Madrasah
  • Djuiboriy Kalon Madrasa
  • Voliday Abdullazizkhan Madrasah
Chor-Minor Madrasa

1) Chor-Minor Madrasa (must see)

The Chor-Minor (“four minarets”) is one of the architectural gems of the city. Built by Khalif Niazkul in the early 19th Century, it features four minarets that represent the four sides of the world. Each elegant minaret has its own unique ornament. The Chor-Minor also contains a courtyard, a pond and a summer mosque. Inside you can see religious inscriptions in Arabic along the walls. This unique, distinctive site is well worth visiting during your trip to Bukhara.
Nadir Divan-Beghi Madrasah

2) Nadir Divan-Beghi Madrasah (must see)

The Nadir Divan-Beghi Madrasah was built in the 17th Century, and was originally intended to be a caravan saray. At the opening ceremony Imam Quli Khan surprisingly declared it as a madrasa, which involved adding a portal, towers and other features. The building is famous for its beauty, especially for magnificent images of birds nd animals on its portal.
Ulugbek’s Madrasa

3) Ulugbek’s Madrasa (must see)

The Ulugbek Madrasa was built in 1417 as a tribute to Ulugbek, a great astronomer and mathematician. This distinctive, well-proportioned edifice was designed by architect Ismail Isfagani. There are two elegant arches linked to the portal, while the façade is richly ornamented.
Mir-i Arab Madrasa

4) Mir-i Arab Madrasa (must see)

The Mir-i Arab Madrasa is believed to have been built by Sheikh Abdullah Yamani of Yemen in the 16th Century. Part of the massive Kalyan Complex, it is considered to be one of the most beautiful places in all of Bukhara. Still functioning as a madrasa today, it has more than 100 places for students behind its courtyard.
Mullo Tursunjon Madrasa

5) Mullo Tursunjon Madrasa

The centrally-located Mullo Tursunjon was built in the 16th Century. It is no longer a working madrasa today, but remains a significant architectural monument. This two-storey symmetrical building features an ornamented arch at its center. Back in the 18th Century, this madrasa was considered among the finest in the city.
Modari-Khan Madrasa

6) Modari-Khan Madrasa

The Modari-Khan and Abdullakhan are two parts of the Kosh-Madrasa ensemble. Kosh means “double. The two institutions here are across the street from one another. Modari-Khan was erected by Abdullakhan II in 1566-1567. It contains a hostel for students and teachers, a courtyard, and a mosque. Look out for the colorful mosaics on the building’s façade.
Abdullakhan Madrasah

7) Abdullakhan Madrasah (must see)

The Abdullakhan Madrasa is the second building of the Kosh-Madrasah ensemble. It was built in 1588-1590. This building is a work of art, with its medieval architecture and wonderfully decorated façade shining brightly under the sun’s rays.
Djuiboriy Kalon Madrasa

8) Djuiboriy Kalon Madrasa (must see)

The Djiuboriy Kalon Madrasa was built in the 15th-17th centuries, and functioned as a school up until the 19th Century. Having once attracted students from far and wide, this building is now an architectural monument that belongs to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Bukhara.
Voliday Abdullazizkhan Madrasah

9) Voliday Abdullazizkhan Madrasah

The Voliday Abdullazizkhan Madrasa was erected in the 15th - 17th centuries. This educational institution is also no longer a functioning school, but is an architectural monument recognized by UNESCO.

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