Ark of Bukhara, Bukhara

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Historic Site · Landmark
Explore the sprawling 5th-century complex of Ark of Bukhara--once a bustling town and residence of the Bukhara Khans. Constructed atop even earlier ruins, the citadel sustained severe damage in the 1920 Battle of Bukhara, part of the Russian Civil War. Today, you can visit the remaining buildings and admire the imposing stronghold, notable for its massive, cone-shaped walls. A number of small museums on site detail the history of the ancient fortress. Put Ark of Bukhara and other Bukhara attractions into our Bukhara travel itinerary planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Was nice to see it, but was much more spectacular to see it from outiside. No access to tarracess to see a city from above. Expositions not so interesting.  more »
  • I might be wrong but it was smaller area to see than I thought. I felt I could enter 30% of the castle... I enjoyed the historical decoration but wasn’t interested in museum.  more »
  • Amazed by the beautiful! The Ark of bukhara is a massive fortress located in the city of bukhara that was initially built and occupied around the 5th century AD. In addition to being a military structure, the Ark encompassed what was essentially a town that, during much of the fortress' history, was inhabited by the various royal courts that held sway over the region surrounding Bukhara. The Ark was used as a fortress until it fell to russia in 1920. Currently, the Ark is a tourist attraction and houses museums covering its history.
  • One of the main sightseeing in Bukhara. Easy access by walking if your hotel is in old town. Come back after sunset to see the lighting here

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