Anwar Ibrahim, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, was introduced to the impressive architectural complex of Poyi Kalon in Bukhara, Uzbekistan and Central Asia.

UZA News

Poyi Kalon, which translates to “at the feet of the great one,” is a renowned historical site that includes the Mir Arab Madrasah, Minorai Kalon, and a mosque bearing the same name. These structures were constructed between the 12th and 16th centuries.

The Minorai Kalon minaret, built in 1127 by Arslankhan, is where the complex gets its name from. It is situated at the base of this minaret and has stood the test of time.

The distinguished guest also took a tour of the Mir Arab Madrasah and learned about its rich history.

According to historical sources, the madrasah was built between 1530 and 1536 under the patronage of Ubaydullakhan by Sheikh Abdullah, who hailed from Yemen. This grand structure consists of two large halls, one serving as a mosque and performance space, and the other as a mausoleum.

The Mir Arab Madrasah is the second largest in Bukhara, following the Kukaldosh Madrasah.

A. Buriyev, photos by N. Khaydarov and T. Istatov, UzA

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