Said Ahmad Hodja Madrasah
Tourist attractions in Marghilan, Fergana Valley, Uzbekistan
Marghilan (Margilan) is one of city-museums in Uzbekistan; it is almost 2,000-years old. A very unusual architectural monument is located there - Said Ahmad Hodja Madrasah.
Built in the 19th century, Said Ahmad Hodja Madrasah is similar in appearance to other buildings of that period in the Fergana Valley. The construction of a facade, surrounded by a solid wall, which is divided into sections with a pattern in the form of switches arches. Entrance submitted by the door inside the arch, next the courtyard and iwan of the mosque. Entering the courtyard is full of coolness and freshness because of a wide ditch crossing the yard. Here perennial plane trees harbor visitors from the sun. Along the perimeter of the yard are khujdrases - small cell like rooms. Iwan is framed by the four columns that support the ceiling above it. And here unusual part starts: prayer hall contains the elements of European architecture. This room is 7 meters wide with wooden trusses that hold the ceiling, no columns or vertical supports. In addition Hodja Said Ahmad Madrasah - one of the few where ceilings, iwan and prayer hall are decorated with ornamental solid pattern dominated by green and red. Interior walls are decorated by geometric ornaments.
Said Ahmad-Hodja Madrasah is a spiritual institution today. In its walls young people of Marghilan diligently study the Koran and Hadith. Also the mosque is open to believers so they can pray.
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