Magok-i-Attari Mosque is a historical mosque in Bukhara. It forms a part of the historical religious complex of Lyab-i Hauz. The Magoki-Attori Mosque in the city's centre is an example of an urban mosque in a residential quarter. The mosque was built on the site of the pre-lslamic Mokh or Moon temple. It is a must visit place in Bukhara while you are in Uzbekistan Tours.
The Magoki-Attori Mosque In Bukhara is said to be built on the remains of a Zoroastrian temple from the pre-Islamic era. Before the Arab conquest there was a bazaar on the site of Magok-i Attari. It was a market for idols, potions and spices, perfumes and other goods. There was a Temple of the Moon (Mokh) close to this place.
Before the construction of the first synagogue Jews in Bukhara had shared a place in a mosque with Muslims. The mosque is also notable for being one of the oldest surviving mosques in Central Asia and one of the few surviving buildings in Bukhara from the time before the Mongolian invasion. Now the Magok-i-Attari Mosqueis one of the Bukhara Attraction.
The mosque is located in the historical center of Bukhara, about 300 meters southwest of Po-i-Kalyan. It is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site Historic Centre of Bukhara. Today, the mosque is used as a carpet museum as per Uzbekistan Travel advice.
The building is rectangular in shape and the main axis of the building, the flat roof carries two octagonal tholobates with latticed arched windows with octagonal domes. The floor of the mosque is about 4.50 meters below the earth's surface hence called Magok-i which means in the hole or in the subsoil.
The southern façade is most richly equipped and was the former main entrance. Ornaments are made mainly by the arrangement of cut and carved bricks and by terracotta tiles with floral motifs. On each side of the iwan, three rectangular frames with decorative patterns are arranged one above the other. This is one of the Tourist Attractions In Bukhara.
You can also learn about more attraction of the city in Bukhara Sights.
You can visit Magoki-Attori Mosque anytime round the year and experience the beauty of ancient architecture of Uzbekistan Architects.