Last Night in Bukhara

Bukhara, Uzbekistan, 1 October 2018.

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This is one of the four towers of the Chor Minor Madrassah though the nest and storks are not real.

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A bit further back, here are the four towers.

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Despite the name, it’s actually a gatehouse for a madrassah, built in 1807, but the madrassah no longer exists.  The four towers apparantly contain symbols to represent the four main religions but I wasn’t aware of that at the time and did not look for them.

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There was not much inside (though good acoustics) but we did climb up to get a view from the roof.

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In 1925, before the domes were restored, there was a stork nest on each of the domes.

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Stopping at one of the many remarkable ancient doors on the street in Bukhara.

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On our way back to the hotel, we are passing through one of the bazaars, probably Tok-i-Sarraton (“The Moneychangers’ Bazaar”).

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This and the next two images are from Abdulazizkhan Madrassah, from under the archways rather than in the interior.

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Back out on the street, another ancient door.

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From this point on we were on a rooftop restaurant for dinner, also hoping to take some photographs of the Poi-Kalyan Ensemble as the sun went down.  I’d guess that this is the roof of a trading dome.

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It’s getting late but there is still a restoration workman on the roof of the Kalan Mosque.

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While it looks similar, this is not Kalan Minaret.  Not sure exactly where and what it is.  interesting back view of Bukhara, though.

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The two domes of the Amir-Allimkhan Madrasah.  You don’t see the restoration debris from ground level.  There are a couple of workers in the shadows too.

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Part of an interior gateway of the Kalan Mosque.

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There were some friendly locals on our rooftop restaurant and one of them asked to pose for me to take a photo….

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The dome of Kalan Mosque.

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We’re not in ancient Egypt but clearly Ra is fighting against against being swallowed by Nut and having to travel through the World of the Dead for twelve hours before being reborn the following morning….

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There’s an electric version of Ra inside this building though.

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Madrassah? Caravanserai? (Don’t know).

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Kalan Minaret, just after sunset.

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Closer view.

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The dome of Kalan Mosque.

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Amir-Allimkhan Madrasah again, in much lower light.  No more workers in the shadows.

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It’s now dark. I perhaps remember that building but don’t know its function.  Probably a madrassah or a hotel built in the style of a madrassah.

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