Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii.
A Portion of the Shir-Dar Minaret and its Dome from Tillia-Kari, 1911.
Digital color rendering.
The tiled columns, walls, and domes of the Shir-Dar (“Lions’ House”) madrasa in Samarkand show the elaborate abstract designs and use of calligraphy typical in much of Islamic and Central Asian architecture. This madrasa, constructed 1619-1636 and in essence a Muslim theological academy and school, is part of the complex of mosques and madrasas found in Registan, the most sacred precinct of old Samarkand.
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