Ulugbek Madrasah
Ulugbek Madrasah
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In the present Registan square in the XV century on the behest of Mirzo Ulugbek bin Shahrukh there were built several buildings: khamam, mosques, caravanserai, khanaka and majestic and incomparable building of Palace of Sciences - madrasah. Unlike his famous grandfather - "the ruler of the seven constellations of Tamerlane Shahrukh", Mirzo Ulugbek did not seek to build the highest building...
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  • KatielouAustralia
    Hobart, Australia1,734 contributions
    Starry Madrassah
    One of the Registan Square trio of madrassahs. This one was built in the 15th century and is dedicated to the astronomer Ulugbek. The madrassah entrance is adorned with patterns of ten-pointed stars symbolizing the sky, and astronomy.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 7, 2023
  • saronic
    Zurich, Switzerland26,248 contributions
    the oldest of the three Registan Madrasah's
    The first building (early 15th century) on today's Registan is the Ulugh Begh Madrasah to the left (or the west). It was constructed by the order's of Amir Temur's grandson, Ulugh Beg, a Timurid Sultan as well, but also known for his interest in science, especially astronomy. A testimony for it is the Observatory in Samarkand, that carries his name. The Madrasah is a magnificent edifice with a high portal, a Pishtak, that leads to a square courtyard, surrounded by former students cells and class rooms (Darskhona) in the corners. In the middle of the walls are so-called Iwans. The decorations at the whole edifice have floral and geometric patterns, while the minarets are topped by Muqarna's. 200 years later was built another Madrasah, the Sher-Dor, just opposite, after the for Central Asia typical Kosh principle in architecture. Shortly after that a third Madrasah, the Tilya Kori, to the north was added, now forming that fantastic ensemble of the Registan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001.
    Visited September 2022
    Traveled solo
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Frances B
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom890 contributions
    A magnificent madrasa
    The Ulug Bek Madrasa is the oldest extant building, in the Registan Square. It was built by the astronomer king Ulug Bek in 1417. Ulug Bek was an enlightened ruler and was particularly interested in astronomy and scholarship. He believed that learning was an act of reverence towards Allahs creation. His designs meant that he adhered to Islams injunction of representations of living beings. Instead, as with most madrasas, they took the form of geometric patterns and calligraphic motifs. Ulug Bek, for his time, did slightly push the boundaries with his designs. This is evident around the facade of the main door. There are representations of celestial objects, a definite nod to his love of astronomy. As you can tell, I was definitely impressed by him and his designs. An amazing building with so much history.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written November 30, 2023
  • native-travels
    Astoria, New York368 contributions
    A Must-See Destination
    Be sure not to miss this must-see site in Samarkand. Like all of the others in this beautiful city, it is lovely, serene, and incredibly affordable. We went there with a little one and he loved running up and down all of the steps and ramps.
    Visited November 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 30, 2023
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland26,248 contributions
Sep 2022 • Solo
The first building (early 15th century) on today's Registan is the Ulugh Begh Madrasah to the left (or the west). It was constructed by the order's of Amir Temur's grandson, Ulugh Beg, a Timurid Sultan as well, but also known for his interest in science, especially astronomy. A testimony for it is the Observatory in Samarkand, that carries his name.

The Madrasah is a magnificent edifice with a high portal, a Pishtak, that leads to a square courtyard, surrounded by former students cells and class rooms (Darskhona) in the corners. In the middle of the walls are so-called Iwans. The decorations at the whole edifice have floral and geometric patterns, while the minarets are topped by Muqarna's.

200 years later was built another Madrasah, the Sher-Dor, just opposite, after the for Central Asia typical Kosh principle in architecture. Shortly after that a third Madrasah, the Tilya Kori, to the north was added, now forming that fantastic ensemble of the Registan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2001.
Written August 9, 2023
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,734 contributions
Jun 2023 • Friends
One of the Registan Square trio of madrassahs. This one was built in the 15th century and is dedicated to the astronomer Ulugbek. The madrassah entrance is adorned with patterns of ten-pointed stars symbolizing the sky, and astronomy.
Written July 8, 2023
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Madan Gopal M
Bengaluru, India4,589 contributions
Oct 2022 • Solo
Part of Registan Ensemble, located on west side is Ulugbek Medressa, an amazing architectural wonder. Ulugbek, an extraordinary personality, a scholar par excellence, who contributed to Mathematics, Astronomy, Philosophy supposed to have taught at this place. There are lecture halls, two storey dormitory for students reflecting the glorious learning times. Now this place hosts souvenirs and art shops. A leisurely walk around is quite refreshing.
Written November 6, 2022
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native-travels
Astoria, NY368 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Be sure not to miss this must-see site in Samarkand. Like all of the others in this beautiful city, it is lovely, serene, and incredibly affordable. We went there with a little one and he loved running up and down all of the steps and ramps.
Written November 30, 2023
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,710 contributions
Dec 2022
Highly recommended and should not be missed when visiting the Registan. My two recommendations of things to look out for when you are there:
there is a small door, almost hidden, with a staircase which leads up to the second floor, from there you can take nice pictures of the madrasah from above
you should also check out the exhbition about Ulugbek, the astronomer, grandson of Amir Temur.
Written January 8, 2023
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Akhlaq A
Karachi, Pakistan31 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
Right in the heart of Samarkand lies the Ulugbek Madarsah, the institute built by Mirza Ulugh Beg, the greatest astronomer and mathematician of all times.
The 600 years old huge and impressive building is surrounded by lush green parks and other old madarsahs. Ulugh Beg was the grandson of Tamerlane. But astronomy was his true love. In 1437 he compiled the most authentic catalogue of stars (994 stars) which became a reference book for the entire world.
He determined the true and exact length of an year as 365 days 5 hours 49 minutes and 15 seconds, which has an error of only +25 seconds. Even the famous Copernicus estimate has an error of +30 seconds.
Ulugh Beg also determined the Earth's axial tilt correctly in the 15th century.
He wrote the most accurate trignometric tables of sine and tangent values, correct to eight decimal points.
I mean, how can a man living 600 years ago do all this? And how can you evaluate the genius of this man, who continues to fascinate the world even today?
His Madrasah in Samarkand's Registan Square is a beautiful building, reflecting the architectural grandeur of the 15th century. The small cells all around the courtyard, which were built for the students, are now small shops selling souvenirs and handicrafts.
Written August 20, 2018
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navyfenton
Melbourne, Australia264 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
A magnificent Madrasa built between 1619 and 1636 by Yalangtush Bahadur. On the front of the madrasah are Tigers chasing Deer. the twin suns have human faces. This seems to be against all things Islam. the influence of Zoroasterism can all so be seen.
Very different so very interesting.
Written November 10, 2014
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Ricardo B
Miami, FL2,968 contributions
Jul 2018 • Solo
This is a different kind of Madrasah as it includes some tigers and animals in the top part of entrance something unusual in Muslim architecture. The inside in my opinion is beautiful but the least spectacular of the three
Written July 21, 2018
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M A
Pleasanton, CA72 contributions
Apr 2018 • Friends
Ulugbek is best seen in the morning when its face (as well as Tillya) are in the sunlight. It has a fine tile exterior and is worth also visiting into the courtyard and especially to the rear museum.

The courtyard is spacious with grass, trees, and pleasant. As is common in Uzbek madrasahs, the courtyard's former student living cells have been taken over by various souvenir sales and crafts people, so depending on your interests may be worth a wander about.

Rear Museum: Be sure to enter the far rear rooms which include a long hallway with more souvenirs, but keep walking to the right to see the tiny museum in the last room. It is all about the genius namesake with photos, models, and diagrams of his accomplishments in astronomy and mathematics. I saw it in 2006, and the museum has been updated and painted with lovely blue night sky and star formation décor.
Written June 6, 2018
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AHZambia
London, UK1,030 contributions
Sep 2017 • Friends
Probably one of the most photographed buildings. The sun gods and strange big cats on the portico are very recognisable. Don't forget to go inside where there are souvenir shops. Choose the late afternoon to get the sun on this one (although Uleg Beg Madrassa) will be in shade at this time. Don't know what middle of the day is like for light.
Written September 26, 2017
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