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Bolo Hauz Mosque, Bukhara: 6 reviews and 16 photos

  Bolo Hauz Mosque - iwan with pillars and ceilings
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  • Bolo Hauz Mosque - iwan with pillars and ceilings - Bukhara
      Bolo Hauz Mosque - iwan with pillars and ceilings
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  • Bolo Hauz Mosque - pillars' capitel - Bukhara
      Bolo Hauz Mosque - pillars' capitel
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  • Bolo Hauz Mosque - iwan ceilings - Bukhara
      Bolo Hauz Mosque - iwan ceilings
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  • Bolo Hauz Mosque - entance portal - Bukhara
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  • Bolo Hauz Mosque - its small minaret - Bukhara
      Bolo Hauz Mosque - its small minaret
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Nestled in a part of the park, which is close by Bukhara?s Ark (the citadel) is an ensemble of incredible beauty ? Bolo Hauz Mosque. It was the Emir?s juma (Friday) mosque (built in 1718), and a lot of its former beauty had been restored recently. What we can see and visit is the mosque?s huge iwan at the front, 20 pillars of elm, walnut and poplar support the wonderfully carved and painted wooden ceiling. Please take a special note of the beautifully carved pillars capitels, which make the whole pillars look very much fragile.
The inside prayer hall should not be visited, definitely not during prayer time. But you can surely have a short glance through the door, if you find it open.

The name Bolo Hauz derives from the hauz or pool in front of it, which, together with the small minaret (pic 5) gives this place a special harmony.
And again, even if a main road leads along the mosque, sitting here on the benches along the pool is very much relaxing ? I didn?t hear any noise.


A funny sidenote: as this was my first time visit ever to an Islamic country, I was quite shy to go inside of prayer rooms. Maybe I could have been allowed to enter, but I didn?t want to embarras anyone. Nevertheless, when nature calls, there is not much you can do but ask (if there are no other facilities around). I saw the sign for toilet just behind the mosque and asked. The young guy inside looked astonished at the beginning, but allowed me to enter. It was quite a weird feeling to ?give nature its right? in a place which is normally only used by Muslims.

The weblink below is of the heritage page and shows a panorama view of Bolo Hauz Mosque. You can turn the view to the top (by moving with the mouse) to get a better view of the wonderful ceiling. But take into consideration: this panorama has been filmed before renovation.

Address: Bukhara, west of the Ark
Directions: If you stand in front of Bukhara's Ark (the Ark being in your back), it is just opposite of the Ark.
Website: http://www.world-heritage-tour.org/asia/uz/bukhara/boloHauzMosqueMinaret.html

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  • Updated Dec 24, 2006
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