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

  Entrance to the Ark, Bukhara
by toonsarah

There has been a fortress on this site for as long as the city of Bukhara has existed, though the one we see now dates largely from the 16th century. It was considerably destroyed by fire in 1920 so today consists of a mixture of old elements from various periods and other parts that have been restored fairly recently. At its height it would have housed the emir, his family and servants, and over 3,000 other inhabitants in its palace, harem, treasury, barracks, dungeon and slave quarters.

You ascend a stone ramp, which climbs from the empty expanse of the Registan square, and enter through the western gateway, which dates from 1742. From here the dolom, a winding passageway tall enough to allow a man on horseback to enter without dismounting, leads past a row of prison cells and torture chambers, and today?s inevitable tourist souvenir stalls. Climbing up here it is easy, despite these modern-day trappings, to imagine how hard this fortress would have been to attack, and how this sombre entrance might have struck terror in those who had reason to fear the emir?s power.

Continued in next tip as VT doesn't provide enough space to cover everything here in one tip

Directions: North-west of the old town and Lyab-i-Hauz
Website: http://www.bukhara.net/magictoday/ark.htm

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Aug 21, 2007
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