Bukhara

Bukhara is the place where you can come in contact with the history of Uzbekistan and become completely engrossed in great antiquity for a short period of time. Basically, the experience showed that one day is not enough for most of the tourists to see all the beauty of the region because there are many famous attractions worthwhile to see in Bukhara.

It is important to highlight the most remarkable places of the city for visitors, however native people can argue regarding this:

  • The Ark of Bukhara: massive fortress – citadel, where the rulers of the city resided. Most of the items, stored in the Ark, are associated with the last ruler Alim Khan. You can visit the rooms where the governor stepped his foot, touch his garment, and sit down on a majestic throne;

  • Architectural Complex “Po-i-Kalan”: Residents of Bukhara consider it as the center of the old city. There you can find Mir-i Arab Madrassah, Kalân Mosque, and the minaret of the same name;

  • Architectural Complex “Lab-i Hauz”: Lab-i-Hauz is an architectural complex as well as Po-i-Kalan. The area of Lab-i-Hauz is surrounded by two madrassah: Kukeldash and Divan-Begi, Khanaka Divan-Begi, and residential areas. There is a small pond in the central part of the square.

  • City Synagogue: The synagogue is located deep inside the residential areas since the diaspora of Bukharan Jews are living in Bukhara. The building of synagogue is unremarkable by its external view. However, there are two prayer halls and colorful small courtyard inside the temple.

  • Bazaar “Toki Sarrofon”: the market has been operating from XVI century. Money exchange and book trade had taken place at Toki Sarrofon, while nowadays visitors can purchase souvenirs related to the history of Bukhara.

Bukhara attractions are not limited with the constructions listed above since there are a lot of buildings which deserve to have an additional attention. However, in the framework of this feature it is difficult to mention every single graceful structures the region has for now.


Magoki-Attari Mosque

Magoki-Attari Mosque

In the center of Bukhara, near ensemble Lyabi-Hauz is located Magoki-Attari mosque is located that in translation means «a mosque in a hole» or «a deep mosque». The mosque found its name several centuries ago. At that time cultural layers hid underground the most part of constructions, and parishioners had to go down in a semi basement room.

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Chor-Minor Madrasah: "four minarets"

Chor-Minor Madrasah: "four minarets"

Chor-Minor Madrasah is located behind Lyabi-Hauz on the open square. "Chor-minor" means «four minarets». It is not accidentally, as four small minarets with blue domes are adjoined on corners of a square and rectangular building of the madrasah. All minarets are different in a decor and a form.

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Madrassah of Ulugbek

Madrassah of Ulugbek

Madrassah of Ulugbek is the embodimentof a new era in the life of the city and the memory of astronomer Mirzo Ulugbek. During that era, cultural and economic areas were developing.

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Mausoleum of Ismail Samani

Mausoleum of Ismail Samani

One of the unique constructions of Bukhara is the Mausoleum of Ismail Samani. This is an outstanding monument of the world’s architecture, which attracts scholars, artists and tourists from all over the world.

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Сastle Ark

Сastle Ark

The witness of 25 centuries history is the Great minaret Ark – the citadel, stands proudly in the center of Bukhara over the square of Registan of Bukhara. It is the oldest construction in Bukhara. It was elevated in V century A.D. At those times slaves were creating manually an artificial hill. Therefore, it was more than once destroyed and built again.

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Mir-Arab madrassah

Mir-Arab madrassah

Mir-Arab Madrasah - is one of the largest high spiritual educational establishments of Muslims. Construction of the madrassah started in XVI centuries and completed in 1535-36. It was built by Abdullah Yemenskiy.

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Kalyan Mosque

Kalyan Mosque

Kalyan Mosque - is a unique construction of Bukhara, which is part of the architectural ensemble of Kalyan.

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Kalyan Minaret

Kalyan Minaret

Kalyan Minaret is another architectural monument, without which it is impossible to imagine the silhouette of Bukhara. It was built from baked bricks with delightful embossing in 1127 during the reign of Arslankhan.

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Lyabi-House Ensemble

Lyabi-House Ensemble

Labi-Hauz is the name of the territory. It surrounds one of the few surviving to the present day Bukhara ponds. Ensemble of Labi-House was built in Bukhara in XVII century. It comprises three buildings - a madrassah Kukeldash (1568-69), Hanaka (Nadir-Divan-Begi Hanaka) and Madrassah Nadir Divan-Begi

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