Bukhara Mosques Tour, Bukhara (Self Guided)

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 Mosques Tour Map

Guide Name: Bukhara 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
Author: rose
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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
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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.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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.

"(The above description is based on Wikipedia under Creative Common License)"
Sight description based on wikipedia
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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.
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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.
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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.

Walking Tours in Bukhara, Uzbekistan

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Travel Distance: 0.6 km
Bukhara Madrasas Tour

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Bukhara Museums Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
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Tips for Exploring City on Foot at Your Own Pace

Whether you are in Bukhara for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best Bukhara has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Taking Care of Your Feet


To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as Bukhara, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device


Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.