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Notes on the Geography of Uzbekistan: Bukhara: Baland Mosque

The Masjid-i-Baland or High Mosque has a very typical layout but a most atypical degree of surviving ornamentation.

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The building is almost screened by grapes on arbors.

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Up close, it's revealed as a single-module guzar or flat-roofed mosque.  It looks simpler than both the Bolo Hauz mosque and the mosque of the Ark.

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Go in?

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Typical columns, carved less than some.

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Everything changes, once you're inside.

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Every surface is ornamented.

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Wall panel.

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Another panel.

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The ceiling.

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The ceiling from a different angle.


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