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This is an unusual Madrasah. It has picture of animal (lion drawn), it is beautiful site to take... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
tamimolime
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Sydney, Australia
Photogenic facade

Probably one of the most photographed buildings. The sun gods and strange big cats on the portico... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
AHZambia
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London, United Kingdom
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One of the 3 Muslim clergy academies surrounding the Registan.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
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Registan square, Samarkand 140164, Uzbekistan

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an unusual Madrasah. It has picture of animal (lion drawn), it is beautiful site to take photos. It is in close proximity of other historical sites in Registan.

Thank tamimolime
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Probably one of the most photographed buildings. The sun gods and strange big cats on the portico are very recognisable. Don't forget to go inside where there are souvenir shops. Choose the late afternoon to get the sun on this one (although Uleg Beg Madrassa)...More

Thank AHZambia
Reviewed 30 May 2017

The ultimate facade in a complex of breathtaking facades and probably the apex of all samarkand offers. There are no words, go see it

Thank stevieblooz
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

This is one of the Registan madrassas. I enjoyed the musical instruments show-demonstration given by the owner of a shop in the back building.

1  Thank Fane_Babanul
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Whilst part of Registan Square, the Jewel in the Crown of Uzbekistan, Sher Dor Madrasah holds its place amongst the others. The façade is wonderful with brilliant coloured tiles in amazing patterns. But what sets it apart from all other Medrasah are the images of...More

Thank Paulette A
Reviewed 26 July 2016

What's unusual about this madrassah is the imagery of lions, human faces and the Zoroastrian sun symbols. This Shiite built building has imagery which is typically taboo (haram) for Muslims. In addition to these odd images, this is a sumptuous feast for the eyes.

Thank Brooklynite_Abroad
Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

The second Madrasah to be built in the Registan FX DX style"has 54 hujras (cellsg where students lived). Here minarets are placed along the front facade while the two other corners have ribbed domes. The peculiarity is the decorative composition above the portal arch, the...More

Thank Sparkie09
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Like the others in Registan, take your time and appreciate it. Make sure to see all the symbolism and sit down and enjoy the place.

Thank PavRao
Reviewed 16 May 2016

It is a given in Islamic architecture that human /animal forms are NEVER portrayed, so it must have been a complete shock and outrage when the decoration of this madrasah was finally finished, because it portrays, in bold and stunning tile-work, two figures of tigers...More

1  Thank JP1946
Reviewed 31 December 2015

The Registan's second built madrasah was the least impressive overall but still visit-worthy. Most guides will immediately point out the two felines on the outside which are interesting enough, however a visit to the courtyard revealed quite a bit of construction going on which limited...More

Thank midway42
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