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Ark - Bukhara Fortress, Bukhara: 24 reviews and 46 photos

  Bukhara view - from the Ark's ground
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  • Bukhara view - from the Ark's ground - Bukhara
      Bukhara view - from the Ark's ground
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  • Little dome on the Ark's ruins - Bukhara
      Little dome on the Ark's ruins
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  • Ancient glass art - Bukhara Ark museums - Bukhara
      Ancient glass art - Bukhara Ark museums
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  • Ancient glass art - Bukhara Ark museums - Bukhara
      Ancient glass art - Bukhara Ark museums
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  • Amur Timur and his grandson Ulugh'bek - Bukhara
      Amur Timur and his grandson Ulugh'bek
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We continue now to wander around on the Ark?s ground, and will soon realize that most of the rooms left have been transformed into small museums. From my point of view, it is definitely worth it to visit each, as they describe the history of Bukhara very good. There is a small museum about archaeology showing excavation sites and findings around Bukhara.
Next to the Coronation Court is a museum, which exhibits things of daily life of Bukhara?s inhabitants of the haydays. It covers both pre- and post-Shaybanid area. I liked it very much, as it gives a special understanding of the way of life of the people in this region, furtheron explained with big black-and-white pictures of daily scenes.

But even more impressive, and stimulation for the thoughts about Bukhara?s past will be a stroll on the Ark?s ruins. Go back to Juma Mosque and squeeze yourself through holes in the walls behind the Mosque. Watch your steps (sneakers is best, no high heels please), as it is all debris and no real path existing. But it is here, where you can find more witnesses of how glorious the Ark must have been before destruction. I went there with a young guy, who spoke good English and explained me a lot about the Ark?s building phases. He told me that the very early rulers have had a huge treasure, which is said to be still there, buried onder tons of bricks, sand and stone. Well, if it is true or not, it lets the thoughts wander and imagine :-)
A little dome stands out of the debris, they might restore it one day and tell its story (picture .
Make sure, you will go at the very east of the Ark ground ? this is where you will have a most splendid view on Bukhara, Kaylon Minaret, Mir-I-Arab and Kaylon Mosque with its more than 200 little domes.

Admission fee for the Ark:
3600 sum, but this is valid for 2 days. Additional admission for taking pictures is 1200 sum. My guide got 1500 sum, which should be fair.
Opening hours:
Daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. They won?t let anyone in after 5 p.m.

Address: Bukhara, northwest of Lyab-i-Hauz
Directions: If you walk northwest from Lyab-i-Hauz, along Kaylan Mosque and head further west, you will arrive at the Registan in front of the Ark. Main entrance portal is in the west.
Website: http://www.world-heritage-tour.org/asia/uz/bukhara/ark_southeast.html

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Dec 24, 2006
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