Bolo Haouz Mosque

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Bolo Haouz Mosque
La mosquée Bolo-Khaouz (Boukhara, Ouzbékistan) (5720017982).jpg
Facade of the mosque with iwan on the back and columns on the front decorated with muqarnas.
LocationBukhara, Uzbekistan
StyleIslamic architecture

Bolo Haouz Mosque is a historical mosque in Bukhara, Uzbekistan.[1] Built in 1712, on the opposite side of the citadel of Ark in Registan district, it is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Site list along with the other parts of the historic city. It served as a Friday mosque during the time when the emir of Bukhara was being subjugated under the Bolshevik Russian rule in 1920s. Thin columns made of painted woods were added to the frontal part of the iwan (entrance) in 1917, additionally supporting the bulged roof of summer prayer room. The columns are decorated with colored muqarnas.


The mosque is rectangular shaped. The prayer room during the winter time is a room with four columns and several entrances. The 12-meter-high iwan, bordered by bulged roofs sustained with twenty wood columns, serves as a summer prayer room attached to the three sides of the winter hall. The wooden columns rest on concrete foundation.

The interior of the mosque is typical 18th-century Central Asian style. The small minaret was built in 1917.


  1. ^ Ouzbékistan, guide Le Petit Futé, 2012, p. 169