Bukhara Adbul Aziz Khan Medressa


Visit Guide to Bukhara Adbul Aziz Khan Medressa

Abdulaziz Khan Madrasah is a medieval madrasah in Bukhara,which occupies a special place in Central Asian architecture both in terms of significance and richness of artistic decoration. It is distinguished by its entrance: the vault is made in an unusual way and looks very colorful. Everything in the internal and external appearance of the madrasah breathes luxury. A couple of mosques (winter and summer) are decorated expensively and richly. The room for classes (darshana), fascinates with unusual paintings.

Getting There

You can get from Tashkent to Bukhara by car. This is one of the fastest. but there are expensive travel options. The distance from Tashkent to Bukhara in a straight line is 443 km. On highways – 580 km.

You can also get from Tashkent to Bukhara by long-distance train.

The third option is by taxi. This is one of the most expensive, but fast enough options. It will be most profitable for group trips. The transfer is carried out by minibuses and passenger cars.

The fourth one is that you can fly from Tashkent to Bukhara by plane. There are 4 planes available in the current direction. The average flight time is 1 h 10 min.

What to Expect

The entrance to the madrasah is distinguished by its high and rich external ornament, in which yellow paint was used for the first time. A wide variety of techniques were used in the design of the madrasah: carved tiles and carved mosaics, relief majolica, carved marble, alabaster fresco, gilding.

The walls are painted with images of flowers, trees, landscapes and even images of dragons and the Semurg bird. Such drawings characterize the good relations that connected Bukhara and the countries of the Great Silk Road.

There are always a lot of tourists near the madrasah. According to them, the entrance portal is particularly fascinating, which is the most decorated part of the entire structure. Dozens of people are crowding at the foot of a high peshtak, trying to make out intricate Chinese patterns in it.


The madrasah was erected in 1651-1652 by the Uzbek ruler from the Ashtarkhanid dynasty — Abdulaziz Khan (1645-1681). It was built opposite the Ulugbek Madrasah, which was erected in 1417. The architect’s idea was to create a building that would outshine all the others with its luxury and artistic decoration.

Facilities Available

Inside there is a bazaar with souvenirs. Nearby-Omar Khayyam Hotel (0.13 km), Zargaron Hotel(0.10 km), Payraviy (0.13 km), Graf Hostel (0.18 km), Old Bukhara (0.20 km).As well as restaurants: Café Wishbone Bukhara (0.12 km), Silk Road Tea House (0.19 km), Oriental Tea House (0.07 km), Chasmai-Mirob Restaurant (0.23 km).