Poi Kalyan Mosque in Bukhara - Uzbekistan


Po-i-Kalyan or Poi Kalyan (Uzbek: Poi Kalon, Persian: پای کلان‎ Pā-i Kalān, which means "The Foot of the Great"), is an architectural complex located at the foot of the great Kalyan minaret in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. The complex is located at the historic part of the city. Since 713, several ensembles of main cathedral mosques were built in this area to the south of the Ark citadel. One of these complexes, burnt out by Genghis Khan during the siege of Bukhara, was built in 1121 by the Karakhanid ruler Arslan-khan. The Minaret Kalyan is the only of structures of Arslan-han complex, which was kept safe during that siege.

Kalyan Mosque (Maedjid-i kalyan), arguably completed in 1514, is equal with Bibi-Khanym Mosque in Samarkand in size. Although they are of the same type of building, they are absolutely different in terms of art of building. The roofing (of 288 domes) of the galleries encircling the courtyard of Kalyan Mosque rests on 208 pillars. The courtyard ends up with a portal to the main chamber with a cruciform hall, topped with a massive blue cupola on a mosaic drum.

There is little known about the Mir-i Arab Madrasah origin. The construction of Mir-i-Arab Madrasah is ascribed to Sheikh Abdullah Yamani of Yemen, the spiritual mentor of early Shaybanids. He disputably was in charge of donations of Abdullah-khan (1512-1533), devoted to construction of religion edifice.;


Khodja Nurobobod Street
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Map for Po-i-Kalyan

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