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I want to return to this noble city again and agai

Featuring on the world heritage list of UNESCO, Bukhara, the museum city, has since hundreds and hundreds of years held a key position along The Great Silk Road. With its rich history exuding from every one of its over 170 architectural monuments, Bukhara is one of the world's thrilling places to visit. The greatest crafts masters, the famous scientists, scolars and sufis of their time, such as Abu Ali Ibn Sina (Avicenna), Hazrat Bakhauddin Nakshbandi, Rudaki and Dakiki, Imam al-Bukhari, Firdousi, and many more were originally from Bukhara.

Foundation history

Earliest mention of Bukhara is made as part of Sogdiana. Subsequent rulers include the Hephtalits, Samanides, whose capital Bukhara was in the IX and X centuries, the Karakhanides, the Temurides, Sheibanids of the XVI century followed by the Astrakhanids and last but not least the independent Bukharian emirate as of the XVIII century. When in the XX century the first Russian led archaeological excavations took place, 20m of layer of ancient artefacts were unearthed, proof that the city's location had never been shifted.

Crafts typical for Bukhara are gold embroidery, silk weaving, jewellery, alabaster and wood carving, brass chasing. Some of the most stunning Suzanis are from Bukhara and with some luck samples of Bukharian handmade silk velvet can still be found in antiques shops and many bazaars. The astrakhan fur company is still one of Bukhara's largest enterprises, exporting its black, silver and golden hides to many countries. Products from Bukhara stood for ornate luxury and were coveted far beyond its borders.

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  • aah_stone's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2008 at 1:58 PM

    Hey there friend, how are you? I am well thanks, just got back from Moscow/St Petersburg. really nice there. Missing and your wonderful city you too. Nice new photo, where is it?

  • nepalgoods's Profile Photo
    Oct 9, 2007 at 9:57 PM

    Nice page about this beautiful city.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2007 at 10:21 AM

    You lucky girl live in one of the most beautiful cities of Central Asia :-)) Wonderful writing and tips :-)) And I realize now how much I missed to visit last summer ! Smiles from here :-)

  • ellielou's Profile Photo
    Oct 31, 2006 at 5:22 PM

    thanks for the informative pages...am hoping to get there, around this time next year! I'm sure I'll be back to add your tips to my DiY guide!

  • hat53's Profile Photo
    Jul 16, 2006 at 1:03 PM

    Nice pages. Please add more, it is hard to get info about your country. I'm visiting it the next two weaks and add ing you info to my travel guide. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  • roamer61's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2006 at 8:02 AM

    Great page and pics. Looks like a marvelous place to see. But I wonder how safe it is for westerners, especially from the USA>

  • kokoryko's Profile Photo
    Apr 6, 2006 at 1:43 PM

    Nice information, Rumiya.. I will visit central asia this summer and Bukhara will be a must for me.

  • Mandy23's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2006 at 10:12 PM

    Very informative page. There's a lot to see in this city!

  • TheWanderingCamel's Profile Photo
    Oct 2, 2005 at 3:18 AM

    I to would love to return to Bukhara -one day I know I will. Leyle

  • Sep 14, 2005 at 11:02 PM

    rumiya, what a glorious page you have here! some great photos, but mostly, i like the info you share about the history and culture. thanks for sharing with us all on vt! happy travels to you... :-)

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