Special charm is added to the historical center of Bukhara, the pearl of the Orient, by the Lyabi Hauz pond that in ancient times was filled with waters of the Shakhrud canal and provided the inhabitants of those hot sands with crystal clear and life giving liquid.
Like four centuries ago, the pond and square next to it that are surrounded by three architectural monuments serve as a recreation area for the citizens and visitors from different countries. The spreading mulberry trees that grow everywhere in this place and the cool reservoir make guests feel recharged with energy even on the hottest day. From olden times, this place was known not only for its unique microclimate; beautiful Bukhara, the beacon in the sea of sand, attracted caravans travelling along the Great Silk Road, and all kinds of exotic goods used to find their way from distant countries to Lyabi Hauz. In addition to the bazaar vivid like an image of the oriental beauty Bukhara, Lyabi Hauz was full of teahouses and barbershops.
On big holidays, the square changed its appearance putting on its best dresses decorated with hand embroidery, as benefits a true peri. Its major jewels included magnificent carpets decorating the stalls of traders. In the evenings, Lyabi Hauz was full of lights.
Traditions carefully passed from generation to generation living on these lands are still kept on the ancient square as well; travelers are still greeted with a bowl with fragrant tea and tasty dishes in the teahouses and restaurants, and on festive days, Lyabi Hauz is as noisy and fun as it was four centuries ago. It seems that in the shops of craftsmen time slows down and is measured in works of art brought to this world.
Guests are charmed not only with the works of contemporary masters but also with the works of those who centuries ago embodied the wisdom of the people and the beauty of their native land in stone.
One of the three monumental attractions located near the Lyabi Hauz pond, the Kukeldash madrasah, was built during the reign of Abdullah II, the ruler of those lands, and was then considered the largest Islamic educational institution in Central Asia. The other two buildings, madrasah and khanaka (a shelter for dervishes and the place where they could get some rest from the vanity of the world) Nodira Divan-begi, impress with the beauty of their facade patterns bearing the symbols of Zoroastrianism.
Canaan Travel invites everyone who is interested in history of beautiful Bukhara and historical Uzbekistan, to learn more about this unique place and feel the spirit of the East within its stone walls.