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Notes on the Geography of Uzbekistan: Bukhara: Bolo Hauz Mosque

Opposite the entrance to the Ark there's a pool, and next to the pool is a mosque.  The mosque is called simply the Bolo Hauz or "near the pool" mosque.  It was built in 1712, but its highlight is the iwan added by Kurban Yuldashev in 1915-17.

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You'll have to crane a bit to see past the maintenance scaffolding.

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The columns have the classic muqarna capital.

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At last you can get a sense of the coloring that's on its way.

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The doors, too, are elaborately ornamented.

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The interior comes as a disappointment.


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