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Notes on the Geography of Uzbekistan: Bukhara: Ulug Beg and Abdul Aziz Madrassas

Here's another kosh or pairing of madrasas.  One, that of Ulug Beg, is from 1417, which makes it the oldest madrasa in Central Asia.

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Here's its heavily restored facade.  The doors carry an inscription from Ulug Beg to the effect that all Muslims should yearn for knowledge.

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Detail of embedded decorative column.

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The interior of the madrasa has lost most of its ornament.

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Another of the iwans.

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Across the street: the Abdul Aziz Khan Madrasa, from 1651-2.

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Detail from facade.

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Another detail.


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