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Last updated: 09 Jan 2017

Ulugbek Madrasah, Bukhara, Uzbekistan



The madrasah was the first of three madrasah, constructed by order of Ulugbek (died in 1449), one of Temur's grandsons. Other two were built in Samarkand and Gijduvan. The construction was finished in 1420. The building consists of two floors of hudjras (students' rooms), classrooms and a mosque. The facade is decorated with a portal, two-storey loggias and corner turrets. Originally the madrasah had four domes and four minarets in the corners. In 1585 the facades were restored and decorated with majolica.

Ulugbek Madrasah Bukhara
Ulugbek Madrasah Bukhara


The madrasah is remarkable for an inscription on the entrance: 'Aspiration to knowledge is a duty of each Muslim man and woman'.
Medrese of Ulugbek, Bukhara
Medrese of Ulugbek, Bukhara
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Baha Ad-Din Naqshband Necropolis
Bolo-Hauz Mosque
Bukhara city
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Chor Bakr Complex
Chor Minor
Fayzabad and Zainuddin
Gijduvani Memorial Complex
Kalyan Minaret
Kalyan Mosque
Khanaka and Madrasah of Nadir Divan-Beghi
Kosh-Madrasah
Kukeldash Madrasah
Lyabi-Hauz Complex
Madrasah of Abdulaziz Khan
Magoki-Attari Mosque
Mausoleum of Sheikh Boharzi
Mausoleum of the Samanids
Miri-Arab Madrasah
Namazga Mosque
Sitorai-Mohi-Hosa
Trading Domes
Vabkent Minaret
Zindan (Prison)