Day 31: Abdulkasim Madrassa

  The Alisher Navoi National Park is home to several Tashkent landmarks, including the Supreme Assembly Chamber, Wedding Palace, Navoi Monument, Istiqlol Palace, and the 16th century Abdulkasim Madrassa.  The madrassa is the last remaining remnant of the Yangi Mahalla, and was once part of a larger architectural ensemble which included an ancient domed shrine supposed to … Continue reading Day 31: Abdulkasim Madrassa

Day 42: Ulugbek Madrassa – Bukhara

It helps to know your madrassas, especially in a country where such a prolific statesman as Timurid ruler Mirzo Ulugbek built at least three centers of higher learning to his name.  Ulugbek Madrassa in Bukhara was the first, and also served as an architectural example for many more which followed in the proceeding centuries. During … Continue reading Day 42: Ulugbek Madrassa – Bukhara

Day 44: Ulugbek Madrassa – Registan

Prior to construction of the Ulugbek Madrassa, Registan Square would have been unrecognizable to the the modern visitor.  In the time of Amir Timur, the place where today stands one of the world's most spectacular architectural ensembles was the main market square of medieval Samarkand.  Ulugbek Madrassa, built exactly 600 years ago between the years … Continue reading Day 44: Ulugbek Madrassa – Registan

Day 54: Sherdor Madrassa

Part of the Registan ensemble, the Sherdor Madrassa is most famous for its mosaic depictions of fantastic beasts resembling lions or tigers which are today featured prominently as a national symbol of Uzbekistan.  The mosaic creatures appear not only on the 200 сўм note of the national currency, but are also replicated on the Palace … Continue reading Day 54: Sherdor Madrassa

Day 58: Abdulaziz Khan Madrassa

A fine example of the Central Asian "Kosch Principle" of urban planning, whereby the facades of two opposite buildings face each-other along the same axis, Bukhara's mid 17th century Abdulaziz Khan Madrasa does so directly across from his much older companion, the Ulugbek Madrassa, which dates from the early 15th century.  Together, the Abdulaziz Khan … Continue reading Day 58: Abdulaziz Khan Madrassa