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Address: Registan square, Samarkand 140164, Uzbekistan

One of the 3 Muslim clergy academies surrounding the Registan.

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Incedible Madrasah

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 7 December 2016
Paulette A
Glass House Mountains, Australia

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Glass House Mountains, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 the Lions near the top of the façade and Zoroastrian symbolism embedded throughout. On top... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

The Registan is, quite rightly, the single most important cultural and historical site in all of Uzbekistan. While some might argue that it's the most important in Central Asia, such a ranking would quite frankly be determined by your own perspective of the history of this region. Sher Dor is the Registan's 'forgotten' madrassa: it's almost always closed to the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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Goa, India
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4 of 5 bubbles 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 heraldic emblem of the stripped tigers chasing the baby deer.the twin suns rising above the... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles 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.

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 either side of the huge doorway (hence the Sher in the madraseh's title) alongside the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles 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 the appreciation of everything else. There are other wrinkles here (no mosque, rear darskhana, etc.)... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2015

This madrassa, known for the tigers on its door, has had much less internal restoration work done than the other two that surround it. Consequently, the visitor gets a better understanding of the state of the building for much of its history. There is a very gifted musician and instrument maker inside.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

Like the Tilya Kori Madrassah, this madrassah occupies one side of the impressive Registan Square, and as such, is hard to miss. Check them all out!

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2014

A magnificent Madrasa built between 1619 and 1636 by Yalangtush Bahadur. On the front of the madrasah are Tigers chasing Deer. the twin suns have human faces. This seems to be against all things Islam. the influence of Zoroasterism can all so be seen. Very different so very interesting.

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