Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi
Nodir Devon Begi Madrasasi
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Frances B
Yorkshire, UK918 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The Nadir Divan-begi Madrasa is located around Lyabi-Hauz (artificial reservoir) in Bukhara.
Its design and tile work is really beautiful, showing a real influence of humans, animals and birds. The sun also has a prominent reference.
Above the main entrance are two spectacular peacocks.
It really is a beautiful Madrasa and its central location means that it is easily found. As with many of the other buildings, it also provides some wonderful photo opportunities
Written 4 December 2023
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy6,796 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The madrasah is one of three in the Lyabi Hauz complex. Inside there is a courtyard with souvenir shops, outside there is a beautiful facade with tiles in the shape of peacocks.
Written 2 July 2023
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,734 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
This 16th-century madrasa is part of the Lyabi-Hauz complex. Decorations include images of birds, animals, and the sun.
Written 26 June 2023
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Anuradha
New Delhi, India327 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
The Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasah is a large structure adorned with tiles in the shape of peacocks, right on the Lyab-i Hauz Lake. It’s free to enter and is filled with souvenir shops on all sides. It’s a beautiful structure, in the middle of the courtyard there is an evening cultural show.Tickets are available on the site with or without dinner. A must visit place.
Written 2 June 2023
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,868 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Beautiful Madrassa beside the Lyabi Hauz in the historic centre of Bukhara set by a leafy, shaded park.
We didn't go in, bar to take a small look at the interior courtyard. The exterior is stunning though with the intricate blue tiles and the striking birds depicted on the facade.
Written 2 May 2023
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saronic
Zurich, Switzerland26,281 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
The Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasa is one of the three Islamic buildings around the Lyab-i-Hauz pond, standing behind a small park to the east, while to the west is the Nadir Divan-Begi Khanaka (a hospice for Sufis) and to the northeast the Kukeldash Madrasa. They are arranged in the for Central Asia typical Kosh principle, which most visitors will know from Samarkand's Registan, thus representative buildings that are facing each other.

The Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasa is unusual, since many important elements of a Madrasa, thus a religious school, are missing, such as an interior mosque, classrooms and an Iwan to the east. Apparently it had first been meant to become a caravanseray. Surrounded by the former pupil cells on two levels (with the lower one's now containing souvenir shops) there are the tables and chairs of a café in the courtyard, besides several mulberry trees. In the evenings a Folklore Show takes place.

For me the most interesting feature is the Pishtak, thus a big portal with an arch, which is protruding from the facade. Very unusual for an Islamic building is the depiction of a sun with human face above the gate, with two birds on the side. Built in 1622 it comes from a period, when strict Islamic rules in this respect had been relaxed, as can also be seen at the Sher Dar Madrasa of Samarkand's Registan, with human-faced suns rising behind tigers.

The birds here are sometimes explained as Simurgh's of Persian mythology, a creature traditionally depicted as a peacock with the head of a dog and the claws of a lion, but this is not the case at the Nadir Divan-Begi Madrasa. Here it is just birds with a long tails, holding a white animal, looking like something between a deer and a lamb, in their blue claws. In my view it could show mythical Huma birds, a kind of phoenix, that plays an important role in Sufi teachings and which is also the emblem of today's Uzbekistan. All tiles we see today are 20th replacements (as elsewhere in Uzbekistan), since the old one's had faded away.
Written 14 January 2023
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia6,464 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Originally intended as a caravanserai, it later converted to a madrassa. The fact that it was modeled on the famous Sherdor in Samarkand explains the unusual and unorthodox peacocks, face and sun on the facade of the iwan. Very colourful and picturesque from the outside, the inside is pure touristic, with shops galore.
Written 13 November 2022
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Buna37
Vienna, Austria122 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We tried to enter the Nadir Dewon-Begi Madrasa in Bukhara but were stopped on two occasions by a man who told us there was a concert with dinner for tourists. The man representing this commercial company was extremely rude to other guests and us. He was pulling people away from the gate, preventing people from entering because there was this paid concert and food. It was really an unpleasant sight, especially seeing that some people from Uzbekistan came from far away. When I asked about a specific schedule for when these concerts would take place, he did not bother to answer. When I told this man that his actions were incorrect and he could not prevent us from entering no matter what, he said that I could complain to the President of the country. I thought that was a wise suggestion and I wrote to the President. In my opinion, such a unique place as Madrasa Nadir Dewon-Begi should not be used for dancing, drinking and partying. Tourists do not come to eat or party at Versailles in France, the Roman Coliseum in Italy, or the Taj Mahal in India. Between the 9th and 16th centuries, Bukhara was the largest centre for Muslim theology, particularly Sufism. Such inappropriate use of the madrassa will ruin it.


Written 26 October 2022
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fivestarholidays
Chennai (Madras), India1,538 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
The fashion show was very interesting. The food served was good too. Overall a nice evening in a great ambience. Interesting shopping in the stores in the Madrasa
Written 10 January 2020
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mtmhys
Funabashi, Japan479 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Solo
Good to see a characteristic decoration at the entrance; face mosaic. Also worth to appreciate a variety of blue mosaics.
Written 10 January 2020
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