Ensemble of Hoji Akhror

Ensemble of Hoji Akhror

Hoji Akhror was a head of Sufism order of Naqshbandi. Many governors of that time considered him as a spiritual teacher. Thanks to his efforts, cruel taxes were cancelled in Movoraunnahr.

Hoji Akhror died in 1490, he was buried in vicinities of Samarkand. On a tomb of the sheikh was put a white tombstone which was covered by numerous epitaphs. This place is considered sacred and pilgrims from all over the world come to it to find a peace of mind.

Ensemble of Hoji Akhror

In 1630 the Samarkand ruler Nodir Divan Begi ordered to build near the grave of Khodja Akhror the mosque and madrassah. The construction of the madrassah continued for two years and quickly got the epithet of “the mirror of Sher-Dor”, because its outside decoration resembled the Sher-dor Madrassah on the Registan Square: the portal had images of two lions and two deer. But a century later the madrassah of Nodir Divan Begi was heavily ruined: the portal leaned forward, the major part of decoration fell down and the entire building was cracked.

Ensemble of Hoji Akhror

In the beginning of XX century the scaled reconstruction of this architectural monument was organized. In the course of the work the decorative facade was recovered, the portal was fixed. At the same time the small minaret and ayvan with columns widened the ensemble.

Today the ensemble near the grave of Khodja Akhror includes the reconstructed madrassah, winter and summer mosques, ayvan and minaret. As well as many years ago, pilgrims and common people come here to find a mental peace and to stay alone in this sacred place.

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