Travel to Uzbekistan: Bukhara: Kosh Madrasas
Close to the Samani Tomb, two madrasas face each other and form a pair, or kosh.
Here they are: we see a bit of the Madari-Khan ("khan's mother") Madrasa and a bit of the back side of the Abdullah-Khan Madrasa. Both were built by the same emir, Abdullah Khan. He built the one to his mother first, about 1567, and then about 1580, the one to himself. Which is more elaborate?
Here's the Madari-Khan Madrasa.
Here's her son's.
If there's any doubt in your mind, consider first the banai ornament in the iwan of Madari-Khan.
Then contrast it with the much more intricate ornament of Abdullah's.
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