Discover Bukhara’s historic monuments
One of Uzbekistan’s most ancient cities, Bukhara was a prominent trading point of the Great Silk Road. It was known as a place of learning and the centre of the Islamic Civilisation at the time. Evidence of this can be seen in hundreds of historic monuments, mausoleums and mosques. Most visitors come to Bukhara to see Po-i-Kalyan, a vast complex, home to the Kalyan Mosque and Kalyan Minaret, a symbol of the city dating back almost 9 centuries. The mosque is exquisitely decorated in blue mosaic tiles with eye-catching turquoise coloured domes on each side. Step inside to gain a sense of life during ancient times when travellers would stop in the city to trade. Another highlight is the Ark Fortress, a commanding structure with ochre stone walls which has existed since 5th century AD. Once a seat of rulers and a town in its own right, the ark has been destroyed and rebuilt on several occasions. Today, although no longer a working fortress, it’s home to a splendid mosque, small museum and you can gain incredible views of the city from here. If history and architecture isn’t your thing, don’t discount visiting Bukhara, you can also find bustling back street bazaars, pretty parks, tea rooms and even a gold souk in the city.