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Char Minar - Chor Minor, Bukhara: 13 reviews and 26 photos

  Chor Minor - the 4 minarets of the gatehouse
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  • Chor Minor - the 4 minarets of the gatehouse - Bukhara
      Chor Minor - the 4 minarets of the gatehouse
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  • Chor Minor - the 4 minarets of the gatehouse - Bukhara
      Chor Minor - the 4 minarets of the gatehouse
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  • Chor Minor - the 4 minarets of the gatehouse - Bukhara
      Chor Minor - the 4 minarets of the gatehouse
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  • Chor Minor - one of the 4 minarets - Bukhara
      Chor Minor - one of the 4 minarets
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  • Chor Minor - the courtyard garden - Bukhara
      Chor Minor - the courtyard garden
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Chor Minor, or "four minarets", are the beautiful remains of a mesdressa, which was (or still is) very untypical for Central Asia's architecture. Khalif Nijazkul had it built in 1807, in the style of Taj Mahal. He was a rich Turkmen merchant and had travelled everywhere in Central Asia. He was most impressed by architecture and design of Taj Mahal and has decided to build something similar.
Once, the medressa was quite big ? 92 x 40 m and held a summer mosque, a garden and a pond inside it's courtyard. Most of the buildings are gone now; what we see today is the gatehouse with 4 small symmetrical minarets, the pond (hauz type) and parts of the garden (picture 5). The minarets all have the same light-blue domes, but vary in the geometrical patterns just below the domes.
Without having seen images of how the medressa looked in the old days, I still have my difficulties to imagine it being "similar as Taj Mahal". Maybe (the only thought I could come up with) it could have been the much smaller proportions of the whole ensemble, compared to the other typical Central Asia buildings: minarets with 17 m in height are quite small for Central Asia. Also, it seems to have lacked the big iwans and pischtaks of the typical medressas.

You can go inside, look at the displays of the small souvenir shop, and, for a small fee, and climb on top of the building. Be careful though, there is no fence on top.

Admission:
800 sum, no additional fee for taking pictures.
Opening hours:
No official opening hours, but if the door (for the souvenir shop) is open, it means someone is around to open the little gate for climbing up.

Address: Bukhara, east of Lyab-i-Hauz
Directions: Walk east of Lyab-i-Hauz, and take the northern little road at the fork. Walk for 2-4 minutes, turn left (north), into a slightly bigger road. I had a postcards of Chor Minor with me, which I showed to a man on the street, he guided me there.
Website: http://www.sairamtour.com/news/gems/10.html

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  • Updated Jan 1, 2007
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