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Ark Fortress, Bukhara
(3.6/5 based on 170+ 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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  • The Fortress was interesting to explore and it's very easy to see how those inside were protected by the walls. We went with a guide, which was very helpful in understanding the background and differe...  more »
  • A seriously impregnable looking fortress. Fortress is surrounded by magnificent walls albeit much of it has been recently renovated. This however adds to the impregnability of the structure. Part of t...  more »
  • Great residence of last emir of Bukhara. it was interesting to see many thing in this monument. recomend to all my fr 
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  • 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 😊