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The Registan-place is the heart of Samarkand. Three madrasahs form an unique architectural ensemble. In the 17th century the ruler of Samarkand Yalangtush Bakhodur ordered the construction of the Sherdor-Madrasah. The Sherdor (Having Tigers) Madrasah was designed by architect Abdujabor. It is not usual that in islamic architecture living creatures are used as decorative element. At this madrasa there are tigers (or lions) antilopes and suns(?) with human faces on the facade

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