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 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