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 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

Day 62: Barakhan Madrassa

If the Hazroti Imom Mosque anchors Tashkent's Hast Imam Square due simply to its size, Barakhan Madrassa provides the ensemble with its architectural monument of greatest historical significance.  With an eclectic history dating back to the 16th century, the picturesque blue domed madrassa takes up a prominent position directly across the square from the Hazroit Imom … Continue reading Day 62: Barakhan Madrassa

Day 65: Samarkand’s Gilded Madrassa

The iconic Registan Square in Samarkand is home to three large madrassas, all of which are included, along with the rest of the historic core of the city, as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2001.  According to the criterion as described in the listing, the Registan complex is a masterpiece of Islamic cultural creativity, … Continue reading Day 65: Samarkand’s Gilded Madrassa

Day 80: Kalta Minor Minaret

Located within the central citadel of the Ichan-Kala in Khiva, the Kalta Minor Minaret is most famous probably because it was never finished.  This colorful stump of a minaret was intended to be the most spectacular in the world, but instead the unfinished structure serves as a symbolic reminder not to start something you can't … Continue reading Day 80: Kalta Minor Minaret