Ark of Bukhara
Ark of Bukhara
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  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada4,602 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Another Iconic Structure
    The massive Ark structure is yet another iconic structure of Bukhara. Fascinating to look at and a great point of reference in relation to other sites in this beautiful ancient city. Didn’t bother going inside because through the entrance, it looked like a lot of renovations were being carried out.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 September 2023
  • Helenjen
    Brisbane, Australia897 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What an entertaining historical part of Bukhara!
    Apart from the impressiveness of this imposing ancient structure, it seems to be THE meeting place for the locals. Loads of people of all ages were out walking, on scooters and bikes, in golf buggies, everywhere. We were even stopped by a group of students who were told by their teacher to go and practice their English on us! They did very well, and the teacher came up to thank us for our help. You just can't buy these experiences :)
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2024
  • Yulduz
    Bukhara, Uzbekistan2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One point several views...
    Ark of Bukhara - fortress where all rulers lived during different periods of time. Recently archeological park was opened inside the fortress. It is the place where you can see all old and new part of the city. Blue sky, amazing points for selfies, for your Instagram and Facebook. See Minaret, 108 domed Mosque above!
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 May 2024
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Jurgen B
Brussels, Belgium2,852 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Solo
Many people say it's not worth going in (the best part being the walls seen from outside) but I do not agree: the view from up there is quite good and some exhibitions are good.
Written 20 June 2024
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Yulduz
Bukhara, Uzbekistan2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Ark of Bukhara - fortress where all rulers lived during different periods of time. Recently archeological park was opened inside the fortress. It is the place where you can see all old and new part of the city. Blue sky, amazing points for selfies, for your Instagram and Facebook. See Minaret, 108 domed Mosque above!
Written 31 May 2024
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Helenjen
Brisbane, Australia897 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Apart from the impressiveness of this imposing ancient structure, it seems to be THE meeting place for the locals. Loads of people of all ages were out walking, on scooters and bikes, in golf buggies, everywhere. We were even stopped by a group of students who were told by their teacher to go and practice their English on us! They did very well, and the teacher came up to thank us for our help. You just can't buy these experiences :)
Written 27 February 2024
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kenkeh
Subang Jaya, Malaysia4,108 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Paid 40,000 Som per person to enter , there’s Musuems , souvenirs shop inside the ark , Prince Siyawush built this fortress and buried here
Written 30 November 2023
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MarcusHurley
Calne, UK10,376 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Finally we got to the highlight, for me at least! The Ark of Bukhara, fortress of the Emirs for around 1500 years, although during that time it was damaged and rebuilt many times. The final conquest by the Russians in the 1920s resulted in the almost total destruction of the fortress and very little original work is left today. The restoration has focused on a couple of internal rooms and the walls either side of the entrance ramp - if you go further round the walls are reduced to just a pile of mud. This doesn't in anyway distract from the awesomeness of the building and how impressive it must have looked in its heyday.
We went inside the fortress and there are a few small museums, some with lovely 19th and early 20th century photos of the old city and some of the Emirs, the last one dying in Afghanistan in 1947 after the Russians took over Bukhara in 1920. There was also the coronation room, where the Emir would meet foreign dignitaries although this was completely destroyed so it has now been partially restored. It does give an idea of the splendour and wealth of the Emirs, if you use some imagination.
There is also a walk into the archeological area, basically all the internal areas they haven't restored and a walk along the restored section of the walls. There is one small badly damaged mosque to see and that's about it, the rest is rubble. The views from the walls are good but it's best to go mid afternoon as otherwise you'll be photographing straight in to the sun. I probably spent as long outside the ark, walking up and down the router of the ramparts, as I did inside and an hour is more than enough.
Written 20 October 2023
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SKKHANNA
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Grandeur -Ancient,Old and New, all put together at one place. History relived. Uzbekistan although full of colours in most of monuments, even earthy look brings elation to the heart and mind.
Written 10 October 2023
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starlightShanghai
Victoria, Canada4,602 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
The massive Ark structure is yet another iconic structure of Bukhara. Fascinating to look at and a great point of reference in relation to other sites in this beautiful ancient city. Didn’t bother going inside because through the entrance, it looked like a lot of renovations were being carried out.
Written 27 September 2023
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Ysildur
Antwerp, Belgium12 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Friends
Easy to skip. The outside is marvelous, but inside there is not much to see. Entry for foreigners is 40.000 and this doesn't include the Zonda/dungeon which is somewhere else and another 20.000. Inside there is a museum with some old stuff and pictures and even a small natural history exhibit (go figure). Lots of renovations and people trying to sell you the same stuff as usual. This is not worth the money.
Written 10 September 2023
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy7,486 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I walked round this huge 4th-century fortress with its impressive intact/restored walls, but didn't have a look inside, there was too much else to see in Bukhara!
Written 28 June 2023
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KatielouAustralia
Hobart, Australia1,769 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Historians estimate that this citadel has been here since 4 century BC. The complex is like an enclosed city with lodgings, stables, stores, mosques, and madras
Written 26 June 2023
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