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Carpets in a holy place

Well, carpets "museum" is kind of interesting by itself but do not expect hundreds of carpets... read more

Reviewed August 30, 2018
marekp59
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Gdansk, Poland
old mosque/temple

It's amazing how things change over centuries, but this sacred facility still stands. This place... read more

Reviewed October 25, 2016
Mamed A
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Reviewed August 30, 2018

Well, carpets "museum" is kind of interesting by itself but do not expect hundreds of carpets there. There are maybe 50 pieces as most and there are quite interesting explainations from where the designs were originated. For the designs lovers that may be interesting *** But the building construction is interesting by itself also. If you close your eyes your imagination may move you ages before. Just close the eyes and ...

Thank marekp59
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Reviewed July 26, 2018 via mobile

This is the oldest Mosque standing in Bukhara and while it has a very important historical value it is a fairly plane mosque made of Sandy colour bricks in the heart of the old city

Thank rickyspa1
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Reviewed August 22, 2017 via mobile

We nicely asked if there is a stairway access to Zoroastrian remains before we commit in paying for the carpet 'museum' entrance fee. The young lady couldn't understand so she directed the older lady to us, we repeated but she can't seem to understand what we are saying. She says there's no stairway and told me basic info like it's used to be a Buddhist temple. I saw a stairway at the side, asked her again and she allowed me to walk over to see, to which I only saw a short flight of stairs which leads to a wall covered by a carpet. I again asked if the stairs are somewhere else, then she got irritated and shooed me away from the compound. I thought that was very unprofessional and an attitude very unlike of what I experience in the country. I'm very disappointed, so be warned if you are intending to enter to see the Zoroastrian remains.

Thank Roydenc
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Reviewed October 25, 2016

It's amazing how things change over centuries, but this sacred facility still stands. This place used to be a Buddhist and then a Zoroastrian temple, until it became a mosque. Unfortunately, it's currently a some sort of carpet museum and is not being used as a place for prayers.

Thank Mamed A
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Reviewed October 16, 2016

If you're interested in history and religions, this mosque's architecture is of interest. It is built on an ancient Zoroastrian fire and older Buddhist temple. Unfortunately, while the exterior is interesting, inside, it is difficult to see the remnants of what would have been those ancient temples.

Thank Lilly062
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Reviewed June 19, 2016

From the outside this is an unusal old mosque, but when you go in it is a carpet shop. You won't find any traces of the Zoroastrian origins that are attributed to it in the guidebooks

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Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Read about the history and what to look for and it'll be interesting. The various periods which are represented here and how it was saved are inserting things to read about.
There is a carpet museum/shop inside too

Thank PavRao
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Reviewed December 2, 2015

Central Asia’s oldest mosque is located between the two covered bazaars in Bukhara and dates back to the 12th century; only the southern portal remains. This is a logical stop for any tourist as it is considered one of the most sacred places in town. Somewhat bizarrely in my mind, it houses a museum of carpets so instead of being left to appreciate the original ancient construction you are served a didactic option instead. It’s worth a walk around to appreciate the history behind it and the architecture itself but otherwise was a bit of a disappointment.

Thank midway42
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Reviewed July 30, 2015

This mosque is now being advertised as a carpet museum and there are, indeed, plenty. Origin is indicated. By the way, did you know, that what's called the Bukhara carpet actually comes from Turkmenistan? There are remnants of an old Zoroastrian shrine that stood at this place ages ago.

Thank Tina Q
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Reviewed February 9, 2015

We came to Bokhara with the intent of seeing this very interesting site. I was especially glad to see that it has not been tiled-up,although surely it will be soon enough. This is one of the oldest, holiest sites in Bukhora. Under the mosque, are bits and pieces of a Zoroastrian place of worship, and even a Buddhist temple all of which was not discovered until 1930 as it was covered in sand up to the top of the mosque. Supposedly, in the 16th cen.it was even used by the Jewish community.
I wouldn't call it a carpet museum, but they do have a few small rugs for purchase, which we did at a reasonable price. The caretaker was fun to interact with.

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