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Mir-i Arab Madrassah, Bukhara: 5 reviews and 10 photos
Immediately opposite the Kalon Mosque, and with it and its minaret forming the Poi Kalon or “Pedestal of the Great”, lies the Mir-i-Arab Madrassah. This is one of only three working madrassah in the country, a religious seminary in a country only just rediscovering its Islamic roots after years of Soviet secularism.
The building dates from the mid 16th century and has been in use for most of that time, only closing from 1925-1946 under the Soviets, who in the later part of their rule reopened it as a concession to the region. Today roughly 125 students live and study here, so the madrassah is firmly closed to tourists. You are however permitted to step just inside the impressive portal and may catch a glimpse of the working life of the seminary as we did – my photo shows students in the courtyard who appeared to be taking time off from their studies to clean rugs spread out on the paving stones. But even if this peek inside is denied you, the madrassah repays your visit with its beautiful façade (best seen in the late afternoon so my morning photo, number 2, doesn’t really do it justice) and the rich jade of its twin domes.
Directions: Part of the Poi Kalon complex in the north west part of the old town, just beyond the Tok-i-Zargaron if walking from Lyab-i-Hauz
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