Mir-i-Arab Madrasa
Mir-i-Arab Madrasa
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  • Anuradha
    New Delhi, India327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning architecture
    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.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 June 2023
  • Frances B
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom918 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, Bangladesh1,794 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
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Johannes B
Aalborg, Denmark72 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The madrassah is still in use and it's therefore not possible to visit the interior. However, you can go to the entrance of the madrassah and here you can have a look at the inner courtyard through small decorated holes. In front of the wall there is a wide platform with a plain carpet on it. When I visited, a couple was sitting on the carpet with their knees and leaning forward to have a better look through the smaller holes. Their shoes then touched the carpet and an old man (I assume he was a guard or caretaker) came running out from a corner, screaming and shouting and started beating the tourists (and I mean beating, it was violent...) who didn't understand anything. He didn't try to explain to them with words what they'd done wrong, he just beat them. It was quite shocking and very absurd and completely out of order. He then returned to his corner and sat down, angrily staring at people. And when a young lady later went to one of the other windows on the side and quickly touched the corner of another carpet laying on the ground he came running aggressively towards her. Luckily she had moved her foot before he reached her so I didn't think she noticed but again, it was a strange and aggressive behavior. Why not try to tell her (and the couple) with words to not touch the carpets instead of just beating them? And I know you're not supposed to touch carpets with your shoes but then fence off the platform or put up a sign or something so it's not inviting people to sit on it as it is now. Or do something else, there are many other solutions than just beating people.
The madrassah is very beautiful from the outside but the behavior from the man inside seem as old as the madrassah itself and completely unnecessary and exaggerated.
Written 17 April 2024
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Adnan_Chowdhury67
Dhaka City, Bangladesh1,794 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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Frances B
Yorkshire, UK918 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
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
Written 4 December 2023
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kenkeh
Subang Jaya, Malaysia2,880 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
This Madrasa is cordoned off with rope for visit inside , only can get the glimpse through the checkered window inside till further notice
Written 30 November 2023
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada3,696 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
Lovely to look at from the outside. Access to the interior is limited. Both entrances to the madrasah itself are roped off. The only hint of what the interior looks like is through a lattice window.
Written 26 September 2023
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Jericho, VT52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The history and grandeur of this sight are unmistakable. Like most historic monuments of Bukhara, this madrasa will also leave you feeling awestruck.
Written 28 June 2023
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy6,796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
Part of the central square, this 16th-century building can only be seen from outside by tourists. The two blue domes and the mosaics are a delight.
Written 27 June 2023
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,734 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
The 2 big blue domes dominate the skyline of this 16th-century madrassa or educational establishment. The exquisite mosaics are delightful.
Written 26 June 2023
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Anuradha
New Delhi, India327 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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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,868 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
This one of the most striking facades you ever will see and together with the adjacent Kalon Minaret and mosque oppoite, is the the highlight of Bukhara.
Best seen from the square in front, make sure to visit by day and see it resplendent in the sunshine with its beautiful azure blue domes, but also by night when the whole facade is lit in colours.
You cannot go inside as a tourist but no matter, it's a feast for the eyes from outside.
Written 25 April 2023
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