Photographer's Note

The Tillya Kari Madrassah in Registan square is the biggest madrassah that Ulug Beg, the famous astrologer and grandson of Tamerlane built and it differed in that its curriculum, in addition to mandatory theological disciplines, offered secular subjects, such as mathematics, astronomy, philosophy and literature. Among the eminent teachers invited to lecture there were the astronomer Kazy-zadeh-Rumi, called 'The Plato of His Age' and the mathematician Ali-Kushchi and Ulug Beg himself lectured astronomy there.

The refined decorative scheme of the madrassah consisted, for the most part of contrasting combinations of soothingly-toned baked brick or marble and vibrant, glittered glazed tiles, embellished with which are not only the outside walls and minarets, but also surprisingly enough such a crucial structural element as the portal. The tympani above the entrance arch are filled with the sky-blue tracery of the knot -motif design with mosaic insets. The ornamental painted designs of the interior decoration, fragments of which have survived to this day.

Closed up picture of Tillya Kari Madrassah Mosque, decoration in the entrance 'aywan' The mosaic feast is just lavish with interlacing floral motifs of delicate leaves and flowers.

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Another shot of Tillya Kari Madrassah Mosque, decoration of the vault in the entrance 'aywan'

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