Lyabi-House Ensemble

Lyabi-House Ensemble

Labi-Hauz is the name of the territory. It surrounds one of the few surviving to the present day Bukhara ponds. Ensemble of Labi-House was built in Bukhara in XVII century. It comprises three buildings - a madrassah Kukeldash (1568-69), Hanaka (Nadir-Divan-Begi Hanaka) and Madrassah Nadir Divan-Begi

The word “Kukeldash” means “milk brother”. Kukeldash was built in 1568 – 1569 by Kulbaboy Kukeldash. Madrasah is a rectangular construction. It includes a mosque, darskhana (a place for training) and 160 cells. Kukeldash is the largest madrassah in Bukhara. The architecture of the madrassah ignores the quality of construction works; one can see the haste, economy and incompleteness. The improper planning creates an impression of narrowness and clutter.

The design and domed overhead covers are the best in architecture of the madrassah - the walkways lead from the gate into the courtyard. The carved wooden doors of madrassah are also very beautiful.

Madrassah Nadir Divan-Begi hanaka is a large building with a multi-domed central hall, the sides of which have shallow niches. The main portal of the building has an unusual elongated shape. In addition, there are two sides of the main portal. The decoration of the main entrance of khanaka is quite conservative. Epigraphic ligature of the main portal decorates around the sides. The facade on both sides are crowned by stately towers. Khanaka Nadir Divan-Begi was a center of cultural and religious life of Bukhara for many centuries.

In 1622 Divan-Begi started construction of madrassah. The images of fantastic birds, deer and human-sun were depicted in its design. Initially the building was constructed as a caravan-saray. However, at the opening ceremony Imam Kuli-khan announced that that the building will be used as madrassah. Therefore, Nadir Divan-Begi changed the construction of the building. Balconies, portal and corner towers were attached to its facade.

It should be noted that ensemble Lyabi-House is very interesting and charm of this receipt in conditions of southern city can not be left without attention.