Ulugbek Madrasah

Ulugbek Madrasah

Introduction About Ulugbek Madrasah

Located besides Registan Square and the madrasah in Gijduvan, Ulugbek Madrasah was erected by the order of Mirzo Ulugbek, the grandson of Amir Timur. Known as the first Madrasah in Bukhara, Ulugbek Madrasa is listed in Uzbekistan Tours for its incredible architecture.

Bukhara, as one of the most ancient cities in Uzbekistan, represents the culture of Uzbekistan. Bukhara City on Silk Road, was once famous as trade and commercial centre in Central Asia and the resting place for caravans traders. In Medieval period, it was one of the cultural and economical hubs in Central Asia. For its gorgeous architectural monuments, and large traditional trading domes, Bukhara Attractions are included in each type of Uzbekistan Tours.

During Bukhara Tours, you can see the halls, living-rooms and extra rooms whereas, all four corners of the madrasa are covered with rooms for study and lesson-preparation. Ulugbek Madrasah has the capability for the seats for 80 students and the subjects are Astronomy, Mathematics, Arabic and religious subjects. Most of the graduates from this madrasah became eminent scholars, poets and calligraphers.

History Of Ulugbek Madrasah

Founded in 1417, Ulugbek Madrasah was built by Ulugh Beg (1393-1449) and the construction was finished in 1420. Mirzo Ulug-Begh was the grandson of Amir Timur and the governor of Samarkand. Ulugh Beg was not only a benign ruler; he was also a well renowned astronomer, scientist with high intellectual. During the Timurid era, it was an institution of learning during the Timurid period, receiving great scholars, both religious and secular.

The first restoration of this madrasah was made in between 1533 and 1539 by the order of Ubaidullah Khan. In 1586, the madrasah was again restored and several inscriptions were kept as the archive document about this restoration. During the reign of Bukhara Khalifat, Ulugbek Madrasah was redecorated at the end of 19th century.

Ulugbek Madrasah
Ulugbek Madrasah
Ulugbek Madrasah

Ulugbek MadrasahHighlighted Point Of This Attraction

Famous as one of the impressive Bukhara Attractions, Ulugbek Madrasah was designed by Ismail b. Tahir b. Mahmad Isfahani.

As one of the most Bukhara Sights, the decoration of Ulugbek Madrasah has designed with traditional Islamic style and most of the forms are the usual calligraphic and geometric motifs.

Ulugbek Madrasah is a square building and the main entrance is a two storey ivan, facing towards the east. In Bukhara Tours, you can see a massive pishtaq, decorated with star and a smaller internal alcove covered in majolica tiles and muqarnas vaulting can be found. The mosque hall is on the west, and there are domed chambers which are covering the four corners of the plain, and there is a monumental ivan on the east. Marbles are used in Dados and moldings forms in the madrasah.

Ulugbek Madrasah’s decoration is made of hazarbaf brickwork, haft rangi tiles and mosaic faience which cover every portion of the exterior of madrasah.

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