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Address: to the south of Bukhara's Ark | on the commercial street connecting the Tak-i Telpak Furushon and Tak-i Sarrafon markets, Bukhara, Uzbekistan
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+998 65 224 15 91

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old mosque/temple

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... read more

Reviewed 25 October 2016
Mamed A
Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Tashkent, Uzbekistan
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Reviewed 25 October 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.

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Reviewed 17 October 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.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 June 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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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 May 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 2 December 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... More 

Thank midway42
Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed 30 July 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.

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Boulder, Colorado
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Reviewed 10 February 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... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 6 November 2014

This was the home at one time to 3 different religions but now full of smell shops selling everything and a large carpet shop

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 15 September 2014

Reviews for the Maghak-i' Attari mosque appear to be confusing this little ancient mosque near Lyab-i Hauz with the enormous Kalon mosque next to the minaret. They're incredibly dissimilar. Maghak-i' Attari is, according to the Lonely Planet, a mishmash of 9th century and 16th century work. It's lovely to look at from the outside. If you go in you'll be... More 

3 Thank Joanne H
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Reviewed 24 July 2013

This was the site of an ancient fire worship temple thousands of years ago. When the Arabs came they built a mosque here. The jews came to Bukhara as well, but they were not allowed to build a synagogue. So they too started worshiping here. after seeing so many rituals and prayers this place of worship has now been converted... More 


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