Khanaka Kukildor-Ota

Khanaka Kukildor-Ota

One of the most revered places of Termez is the khanaka of Kukildor-ota. Pilgrims come here all year to pray. In the middle of the 11th century, the building was rebuilt. In it lies the remains of Kukildor-ota, the revered saint in the Muslim world. He was a major religious figure of that period, who was known for his righteous life and following the canons of religion. In addition to him, there are several more burials. The period of 14-15 centuries, the building survived the restoration. According to some reports, it was not even a restoration, but a reconstruction, when the building was almost completely rebuilt.

Khanaka stands out against the backdrop of similar buildings in Termez. This monumental building, regular geometric shape, has many premises. The facade is a large, lancet-shaped portal crowns the entrance. Decorative brickwork strikes the imagination with the rigor and clarity of forms. This was characteristic of the architecture of the Timurids. There is something in common with the at-Termezi and Sultan Saodat complexes, which were also reconstructed during that period.

It was this that allowed us to conclude that the building had previously looked a little different, and the reconstruction was done by the same craftsmen as in the two above complexes. The domed ceiling is located directly above the central hall. Such decisions were due to the fact that the premises had excellent acoustics, due to the shape of the ceiling, and during services and other religious events, every word spoken in these walls was heard by everyone present. The entire decoration of the building is made of masonry, without bright patterns, in strict harmonious forms. But this is only the outside of the building. The interior is beautifully decorated with ornamental paintings.

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