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Char Minar, Bukhara

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Char Minar stands in a maze of alleys between Pushkin and Hoja Nurabad in Bukhara. Its name means "four minarets" in Tajik, but this interesting little building with four towers was actually a gatehouse of a medressa.

The Char Minar gatehouse was built along with its medressa in 1807. Its architecture is more Indian in style than Uzbek. UNESCO restored one the towers, which had collapsed, in 1998.

A souvenir seller occupies the ground level and will allow you to climb the stairs to the top for $0.30.

Quick Facts on Char Minar

Site Information
Names:Char Minar; Char Minar, Bukhara
Categories:Academic Institutions
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Coordinates:39.774893° N, 64.427363° E  (view on Google Maps)
Lodging:View hotels near this location
Note: This information was accurate when first published and we do our best to keep it updated, but details such as opening hours can change without notice. To avoid disappointment, please check with the site directly before making a special trip.

Map of Char Minar

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Article Info

Title:Char Minar, Bukhara
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:08/16/2009
Link code:<a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/uzbekistan/bukhara-char-minar">Char Minar, Bukhara</a>