Property Name: Ulug Beg Madrasa
Inventory No: 998-66-2
Date of infill of the inventory form: 2007-10-23
Country (State party): Uzbekistan
Province: Samarkand
Geographic coordinates: 39° 39′ 16.82″ N
66° 58′ 28.71″ E
Historic Period: Timurid
Year of Construction: 1417-1421
Style: Timurid
Original Use: Madrasa
Current Use: Museum
Architect: Unknown

The madrasa is the only monument that survived from the Registan Square, which was a part of a large urban project consisting mosques, caravanserais and a bazaar in the Timurid period.

Selection Criteria
i. to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius
ii. to exhibit an important interchange of human values, over a span of time or within a cultural area of the world, on developments in architecture or technology, monumental arts, town-planning or landscape design
vi. to be directly or tangibly associated with events or living traditions, with ideas, or with beliefs, with artistic and literary works of outstanding universal significance

State of Preservation
A large-scale restoration project was held on in the square between 1967 and 1987. Today, the building is in good condition

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