Abdul Aziz Khan Medressa
Built in 1417, this is Central Asia’s oldest medressa, and may well be familiar to you as it became a model for many others. The...
Opposite the Kalon mosque, its luminous blue domes in sharp contrast to the surrounding brown, is the working Mir-i-Arab Medressa....
Silk Road Spices
This boutique teahouse offers a delightful diversion from all that sightseeing. It has six spicy varieties of tea and coffee, served...
It’s known more for its fabulous view of Mir-i-Arab than for its food, but you can still eat passably here, though you may be swamped by...
Abdul Aziz Khan Medressa information
The student rooms at the 16th-century Abdul Aziz Khan Medressa are occupied, rather typically, by souvenir shops. This is an unrestored gem, built by its namesake to outdo the Ulugbek Medressa, across the street. The highlight is the prayer room, now a museum of wood carvings , with jaw-dropping ghanch stalactites dripping from the ceiling. It is said that Abdul Aziz had the image of his face covertly embedded in the prayer room’s mihrab (Mecca-facing niche) to get around the Sunni Muslim prohibition against depicting living beings (Abdul Aziz Khan was a Shiite). The only other medressa in town that depicts living beings is the Nadir Divanbegi Medressa.