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Norbutabiy Madrasah in Kokand

Norbutabiy Madrasah, Kokand

The largest madrassah in Kokand - Norbutabiy was built on Chorsu Square at the end of the 18th century. This is a vivid example of the skill of Kokand architects and craftsmen. The work was carried out under the guidance of the Bukhara builder and ganch carver Usto Kasymjan.

The Norbutabiy Madrasah is a one-story building, but it looks very powerful. The area of ​​the madrasah is 52 by 72 meters. The walls are lined with burnt bricks, a double arch and massive towers make the building so monumental. Norbutabiy has a large courtyard, around the perimeter of which there are hujras (cells for students), as well as a mosque and darskhan (classroom). A distinctive feature of the entire building is the absence of decor elements, which makes the Norbut-biy madrasah more similar to the monuments of medieval Bukhara. Only the front doors are decorated with exquisite wood carvings.

In the 19th century, the Norbutabiy Madrasah was the largest religious and educational center of the city. Now the madrassah is active, students are studying here who want to get a higher spiritual education.