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Ark Fortress, Bukhara

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3.6/5 based on 160+ reviews on the web
Explore an ancient seat of regional power at Ark Fortress, a massive historic stronghold and Bukhara's oldest structure. An imposing baked-brick entrance gate is flanked by two round towers and a flat-roof watchtower supported by exquisitely carved pillars. The fortress foundations in the old city date from the 4th century BCE, while the present-day walls rose in the 5th century CE. The massive fortification covers an area of 4.2 hectares (10 acres), with the height of its walls varying from 16 to 20 m (52 to 66 ft). Later additions made the fort resistant even to early modern artillery. Stop in the onsite museum detailing its history. Make Ark Fortress a part of your Bukhara vacation plans using our Bukhara family vacation planner.
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  • Is the Ark fortress located just south of sitri paralysis Khosa Palace. Made in the 7th century and was the residence of Bukhara Khan. During the Ark fortress between mosque and an audience, such as Harlem, prison at around. High ALC walls, is admirable, but is not good.
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  • From the outside this is a must see in Bukhara. Big fat walls, absolutely stunning. But my goodness are the galleries dry. They have such awesome potential - they're on the Silk Road! Yet, I promise y...  read more »
  • This large fortress has been destroyed several times in the past and has suffered from neglect but it has been beautifully restored. The rather steep walk up to the upper level is well worth the effor...  read more »
  • Interesting place with several pieces in the museum inside. From this elevation can appreciate the city. It was no possible to go in all places inside the Ark, just limited to restored ones.
  • very cool
  • City-museum! Must visit place in Bukhara!!! Deep history and rich culture 😊
  • Bukhara's ancient fortress, the Ark, was the seat of royal power from the 5th century until the arrival of the Soviets in Uzbekistan in 1920. The 17th century Juma Mosque is above the entrance.
  • For history lovers this is one of the life destinations. It was being restored when we visited, but we had a great tour guide. You also need to see Samarkand and Uligbek's observatory.
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