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Mir i Arab Medressa, Bukhara

Mir-i-Arab Medressa from the Kalon Minaret. Photo © Miles Hunter. View all images in our Mir i Arab Medressa Photo Gallery.
Fish-eye view of Mir-i-Arab Medressa. Photo © Miles Hunter.
The blue-tiled facade of the medressa. Photo © Ben Paarman.
Another view of the facade, later in the day. Photo © Amauri Aguiar.
One of two luminous blue domes. Photo © Henrik Moltke.

The Mir-i-Arab Medressa stands opposite the Kalon Mosque in the historic center of Bukhara. Founded in the 16th century, the Islamic school features two distinctive blue domes and other tilework.


The medressa's namesake, Mir-i-Arab, was a 16th-century Naqshbandi sheikh from Yemen. He had a powerful influence on the Shaybanid ruler Ubaidullah Khan and also financed the original complex.

Mir-i-Arab Medressa was a working Islamic seminary from the 16th century until it was closed in 1920. It was reponed by Stalin in 1944 in an effort to gain Muslim favor for his war effort.

What to See

The medressa is off-limits to tourists, but its facade can be enjoyed from Kalon Square. An especially fine view of the Mir-i-Arab can be had from the top of the adjacent Kalon Minaret.

The two luminous blue domes of the medressa are beautifully tiled and stand out against the mostly brown architecture around it. The tombs of Sheikh Mir-i-Arab and Ubaidullah Khan are beneath the northern dome.

Quick Facts on Mir i Arab Medressa

Site Information
Names:Mir i Arab Medressa; Mir i Arab Medressa, Bukhara
Categories:Academic Institutions
Visitor and Contact Information
Location:Bukhara, Uzbekistan
Coordinates:39.776101° N, 64.415819° E  (view on Google Maps)
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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.

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Title:Mir i Arab Medressa, Bukhara
Author:Holly Hayes
Last updated:08/16/2009
Link code:<a href="http://www.sacred-destinations.com/uzbekistan/bukhara-mir-i-arab-medressa">Mir i Arab Medressa, Bukhara</a>