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Mosque dome, Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand
08-SEP-2018 Tim Betts

Mosque dome, Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand

The Tilya-Kori Madrasah is the third and last Islamic school on Samarkand’s Registan public square. It was built between 1646 and 1660. It was not only a residential college for students but also served as a grand mosque, whose main hall is abundantly gilded.


The Registan, meaning “sandy place” or “desert” in Persian, was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand of the Timurid dynasty. It was a public square where people gathered to hear royal proclamations, heralded by blasts on enormous copper pipes, as well as a place for public executions. It is framed by three madrasahs (Islamic schools) of distinctive Islamic architecture.

Mosque, Tilya-Kori Madrasah, Samarkand, posted earlier:

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Zoltán Balogh15-Sep-2018 13:41
So stunning... V
carol j. phipps15-Sep-2018 02:11
Incredible. V
janescottcumming13-Sep-2018 12:26
Absolutely gorgeous. Would love to see this in person. V
Buz Kiefer12-Sep-2018 18:30
Amazing skill and time to do this. Beautiful photo. V
Colin Storey12-Sep-2018 17:59
A fantastic image of this wonderful dome.
Nirvan Hope12-Sep-2018 17:24
Just mind-blowing the amount of work that went into this decorative dome.
danad12-Sep-2018 15:51
Great focus on this beautiful ornament ! V.
Jim Coffman12-Sep-2018 15:48
WOW, simply amazing!! Beautiful image!!
Tom Munson12-Sep-2018 14:38
Beautiful capture.
globalgadabout12-Sep-2018 14:35
mesmerizing mandala (of sorts)..
Nick Paoni12-Sep-2018 14:05
So ornate and lovely.