Mir-i-Arab Madrasa
Mir-i-Arab Madrasa
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  • Anuradha
    New Delhi, India327 contributions
    Stunning architecture
    This is a functional madrasa even today, so inside is prohibited for the tourists. Outer facade is beautiful, with a little information displayed at the entrance. Two blue domes are beautiful, out of which one is of the mosque, and entry inside the mosque is permitted only for men.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 2, 2023
  • Frances B
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom911 contributions
    Rich in architectural and historical importance
    The Mir-I-Arab literally translates to ‘The Prince of the Arabs’. Access inside this beautiful Madrasa is limited because it is still an active religious educational establishment where future imams and religious mentors are taught. The building, like many in Bukhara is architecturally rich and has beautifully designed tile work. It also has two very beautifully coloured azure domes. It is easily located as it is next to the great Kalon minaret
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 4, 2023
  • Adnan_Chowdhury67
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,792 contributions
    Working and active madrasa
    It is a working madrasa and we got a chance to speak to several students and teachers. They explained the history and what goes behind the walls. Thy seemed very passionate about their time there. The entrance is very grand and intricate. We visited at night and it was equally impressive. Make a point of visiting this place. The Kalyan Minaret is nearby.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 21, 2024
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Adnan_Chowdhury67
Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,792 contributions
Jan 2024 • Family
It is a working madrasa and we got a chance to speak to several students and teachers. They explained the history and what goes behind the walls. Thy seemed very passionate about their time there.

The entrance is very grand and intricate. We visited at night and it was equally impressive.

Make a point of visiting this place. The Kalyan Minaret is nearby.
Written January 21, 2024
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Anuradha
New Delhi, India327 contributions
May 2023 • Family
This is a functional madrasa even today, so inside is prohibited for the tourists. Outer facade is beautiful, with a little information displayed at the entrance. Two blue domes are beautiful, out of which one is of the mosque, and entry inside the mosque is permitted only for men.
Written June 2, 2023
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navyfenton
Melbourne, Australia264 contributions
Oct 2014 • Friends
This is one of few working Medressas for both male and female students.
It is difficult to enter because it is a working school.
the entrance portal is magnificent covered in beautiful tile work
It was built in the early 1500s
Written November 6, 2014
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Miriahm D
Boulder, CO1,122 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Working madrasah, not just for show. However those two turquoise tower tops make a wonderful photo opportunity. You don't go in, but you can walk around in the courtyard and sit under the mulberry tree.
Written February 9, 2015
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kb123742
Lahore, Pakistan505 contributions
Oct 2013 • Couples
In my practical experience, three main "Symbols of Bukhara" to include Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, Mugoki Attari Mosque and Poi Kalon are closely embedded attractions at one place. The Minerat of Poi Kalon and the Blue Domes of Madrasa or the Mosque are inevitably visible from all corners of 'Old Bukhara'. Shopping in Taki Zargaron or Taki Telpak make a trip of these monuments mandatory. I have reviewed Poi Kalon separately without photos but in this write-up, all photos are attached together for an evaluation of the readers. These places are unspoken heritage of Muslim's hierarchy on this land. The Madrasa and the Mosque are unique in structure, architecture and design which was only believed at a glance. Main prayer compound and the interior of the mosque was spiritually so fabulous and vast that we both spent maximum of our time here. There were no entry charges anywhere for the tourists of all religions, age and gender and therefore, the sight was always crowded with locals as well as the foreigners. We could perhaps, miss many places within Old-Bukhara but certainly not this Madrasa, Mosque and the Minaret. A MUST SEE sight.
Written November 24, 2013
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Andrew M
7,280 contributions
Jul 2019
The Mir-i-Arab (Prince of the Arabs) madrassa is a part of the historic Poi Kalon complex. The madrassa is located on Khodja Nurobobod Street. It faces the Kalon mosque and this design was typical of the era, and is known as "kosh". The blue domes are Iranian styled, and similar to the single dome on the Kalon mosque. They were both built during the reign of the first Khan of Bukhara, Ubaidullah-khan, between 1530-1536. The blue domes and iwan are the main features of the madrassa. The portal had 12 arched designs, 6 on either side. The use of blue shaded tiles was a feature common on buildings of this era. The designs reminded us of the Nadir Divanbegi Khanaka
at the Lyabi Hauz complex. The interior of the Iwan on the two story building, had six sculpted arches. The three at the top floor had windows and double doors. On the bottom floor, the middle arch was the main entrance, and on either side white painted interior designs were displayed.

The left (north west) dome topped the mausoleum of Sheikh Abdullah Yamani, after whom the madrassa is named. The Sheik was the spiritual advisor of Ubaidullah and his son, Abdul-Aziz-khan, between 1533-1550. It is said that Ubaidullah-khan and a 11th century teacher, Muhammad Kasim, are also buried here. The right (south west) dome tops a mosque, which is a common feature of a madrassa. The building has 114 rooms made up of hujra (study rooms) and lecture rooms. Another unique feature is the thick columns at the side of the building, which remind you of fortifications. Although the door was open, we didn't try to enter, as it is an active madrassa.

The school was allowed to operate in Soviet times, unlike the mosque opposite which was closed. The madrassa has been restored a few times. In the 1967 earthquake, the building was badly damaged, but restored in 1977. On the 2,500th anniversary of Bukhara in 1997, extensive renovations were done on the tiles. It is said that the initial construction was financed by slaves captured in Iran during the war in the 1530's.

If you are interested in the Iranian dome design, the Khoji Mir ali Mosque on Charmgaron Street, has a similar, but more modern design. Other nearby attractions include the Emir Alim Khan madrassa and bathhouse, Trading domes and the similar "kosh" styled madrassas of Ugulbek and Abdul aziz khan.
Written October 13, 2019
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FerVit
Geneva, Switzerland140 contributions
Apr 2019 • Friends
beautiful with the mosque and the minaret, there is only limited access to this madrassah, but worth trying to see more.
Written May 8, 2019
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darren s
Aylesbury, UK117 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
Oh my. What a setting. Walk through the impressive entrance into this idyllic courtyard. It is quite extraordinarily beautiful and peaceful. Against a clear blue sky you will find peace and tranquility. The craftsmanship is dazzling. A true gem. Please go.
Written December 31, 2018
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wvzjxq
SFO322 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
Most of the Islamic schools are no longer active, but this one is, so you can see the students wandering around doing what they do best, wandering around. If we hadn’t been to Samarkand, we would think this place is amazing, but since we had, we weren’t too impressed with the architecture. Worth a visit on a day tour.
Written November 11, 2017
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Paspy7711
Europe384 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
Beatiful place in a town full of wonderful history. You can enjoy the place best at sunset, when the cuppolas seem to glow in the evening sun.
Very hard to leave this place behind.
Entrance into the place was forbidden when we visited as it is still a working school and the people there are not too fond of visitors. Still the outiside is good enough and free.
Written August 26, 2017
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Mir-i-Arab Madrasa, Bukhara