Kalyan Mosque

Today's Kalyan Mosque was built at the beginning of the 16th century in the time of the first Shaybanids. Since that time, except for Soviet period it served as the cathedral mosque of Bukhara, he mosque replaced the old Qarakhanid cathedral mosque of the 12th century which was built simultaneously with Kalyan Min­aret. This Shaybanid mosque is comparable witn Temurid cathe­dral mosques in Samarkand and Herat. It is behind Bibi-Khanym Mosque in Samarkand by number of structures, but its area which is 130x80 sq. meter surpasses the last one.

Kalyan Mosque is traditionally rectangular and has four aivans. Entrance aivan has an external portal facing Poi-Kalyan Square and internal portal turned to the yard. Arched galleries with 288 domes based on 208 columns surround the yard. An octahe­dral stand used as lectern is situated on the central axis at the internal portal. Mosaics and glazed bricks make colored decora­tion of facades.