Trip Planner:   Asia  /  Uzbekistan  /  Bukhara Province  /  Bukhara  /  Historic Sites  /  Ark Fortress

Ark Fortress, Bukhara

(170+ reviews on the web)
Historic Site
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.
Create a full Bukhara itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Bukhara

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Bukhara by other users

60 days in Central Asia BY A USER FROM CANADA June, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Uzbekistan BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums, popular PREFERENCES: September, culture, outdoors, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 7 days in Uzbekistan BY A USER FROM INDIA August, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Uzbekistan BY A USER FROM ISRAEL July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in Uzbekistan BY A USER FROM AFGHANISTAN December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 12 days in Uzbekistan BY A USER FROM CANADA May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, kids, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Uzbekistan BY A USER FROM MALAYSIA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 17 days in Uzbekistan BY A USER FROM GERMANY September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: September, culture, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 16 days in Central Asia BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 29 days in Central Asia & Kutaisi BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 14 days in Turkmenistan & Uzbekistan BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL June, culture, outdoors, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 9 days in Uzbekistan BY A USER FROM SWITZERLAND July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • They had the old Castle restoration, as you know, there's been a new castle. See inside for a fee. I think it's better from outside of the building. Only you're looking at about 30-40 meters high in Bukhara. If If you have your toddler you in, I don't recommend a lot of you climbing the ramp yorucaktır. Görücekleri does not satisfy you inside the region to make contributions to the tourism ticket I would recommend you to enter.
    View original
  • ALC Castle Ark Fortress, is a big castle. And residence of Bukhara Khan is. Ark Fortress Museum photo fee is high. It was 3000 sum. Inside the castle was a mosque. It was Harlem. View from the castle was excellent.
    View original
  • You can't miss this site since it's visible from everywhere in Bukhara. This place gets a four from me only for the significance and glory it preserves in and behind its walls. However, poor maintenan...  more »
Google
  • Great
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • very cool
  • City-museum! Must visit place in Bukhara!!! Deep history and rich culture 😊