Nadir Divanbegi Medressa


Visit Guide to Nadir Divanbegi Medressa

Nadir Divan Begi Madrasah is the first of the buildings of the Lyabi-Hauz ensemble. It is a massive rectangular structure with a central cruciform hall under the dome and hujras in the corners. Then a swimming pool was built, on the other side of which Nadir Divanbegi built a caravanserai.

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 madrasah is interesting because the main room for conducting training sessions in the building was never built.On the portal there are elegant images of animals made of mosaics. Among them is a pair of Semurg birds of happiness flying up to the Sun. These mythical feathered creatures hold fallow deer in their strong, clawed paws. The portal is also decorated with a sacred inscription praising Allah and Muhammad, his prophet.

Khanaka Nadira Divan-begi has been attracting locals and tourists to its walls for many decades. The reason is not only in a good location, but also in the stunning acoustics of the central hall. The beautiful sounds that the visitors of the khanaka hear inside the building are simply fascinating with their mystery and depth.

The madrasah is separated from the khanaka by a huge artificial pond, which has the shape of a rectangle, stretching from east to west. This is Hauz Nadira Divan-run. Its coast has the appearance of large steps of a bright yellow hue. The main material for the construction of these steps was limestone.


The madrasah, built in 1622, is located in the east of Lyabi-Hauz. From the very beginning, this building was conceived by a noble Bukhara nobleman as a caravanserai. Having built it in the early 17th century, the vizier invited the local nobility to the opening. The most honored guest was Imamkuli Khan, who, to everyone’s surprise, proclaimed the new building not a caravanserai, but a madrasah. In order for the building to correspond to the new title, it needed to be reconstructed and redone. Another floor was added to the one-story structure, equipped for the life of students. Also, a portal and loggias appeared in the design, and a pair of towers were attached to the facade.

Facilities Available

Inside there is a bazaar with souvenirs. Nearby – New Moon Hotel (0.02 km), Devon Begi Hotel (0.05 km), Devon Hotel (0.05 km), ASL Hotel (0.06 km), Fatima and Ibrahim Hotel (0.06 km)

As well as restaurants: Kabir (0.01 km), Chalet Bukhara (0.06 km), Ayvan Restaurant (0.11 km), Lyabi House (0.09 km), Restaurant “Old Bukhara” (0.18 km).