This large place in the central area of Samarqand leaves you speechless when you first get a sight of it. It is best to approach from the Registan Street- every taxi driver will know how to take you there.
I found both early morning and late afternoon, shortly before sunset, the best times to take wonderful pictures.
3 of the place's sides are dominated by giantic gates with incredible inlays, gold and blue tiles and lead into a large interior that can be visited as well. None of those 3 medreses are closed to non-muslim, only on a Friday, the muslim's most holy day, you might be asked to wait outside till the prayers are over.
Don't miss going into each of the three medreses and also check out the many little shops that are nestled in the side alleys and crevices of the interior. You find silk garments and cloht or authentic Uzbek music (about $6 for a tape and $ 10 for a CD), instruments. [more]