Mir-i-Arab Madrasa
Mir-i-Arab Madrasa
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  • Frances B
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom2,272 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 December 2023
  • Adnan_Chowdhury67
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,806 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 January 2024
  • Jurgen B
    Brussels, Belgium2,852 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Grand
    This really is a grand building, and you can get a good impression from the entry hall, if you behave decently, but even better from the side entrance, where you can talk to students. From the doorway, that is. Don't wear hotpants like the stupid girl I saw doing. Respect the local culture.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 20 June 2024
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Jurgen B
Brussels, Belgium2,852 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Solo
This really is a grand building, and you can get a good impression from the entry hall, if you behave decently, but even better from the side entrance, where you can talk to students. From the doorway, that is. Don't wear hotpants like the stupid girl I saw doing. Respect the local culture.
Written 20 June 2024
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Adnan_Chowdhury67
Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,806 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 21 January 2024
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Anuradha
New Delhi, India1,242 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 2 June 2023
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navyfenton
Melbourne, Australia257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 6 November 2014
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Miriahm D
Boulder, CO1,075 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 9 February 2015
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kb123742
Lahore, Pakistan505 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 24 November 2013
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Andrew M
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
July 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 13 October 2019
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FerVit
Geneva, Switzerland137 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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 8 May 2019
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darren s
Aylesbury, UK125 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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 31 December 2018
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SFO311 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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 11 November 2017
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