Ark Fortress, Bukhara

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#4 of 25 in Historic Sites in Bukhara
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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  • August 16, 2017
    This ancient citadel rears over viewers and gives one a sense of inferiority to the bulk which has stood against time. Though the museums inside are quite informative and useful the ark has one that b...  more »
  • August 8, 2017
    A very nice architecture, but really visiting the building worth not, nothing to do, shame it's so austere.
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  • August 6, 2017
    Very disappointing. The outside is beautiful and very impressive but inside does not realize the size of my Fortress (not of panorama or enlarged view)
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  • April 4, 2017
    Disappointing. Ticket office lady wanted to sell us a tour and included it in the price even though we said we didn't want it. Many areas blocked off but security guards are willing to take you around for views of the minaret for a fee after 17:00. Mostly used as offices now. Save your money. Don't go here..
  • January 24, 2017
    Great place to visit. The ark was the residence of the rulers in Bukhara. There is the palace the harem and a mosque inside. It was a small fortified city with much more buildings. Today most parts of it are liying in ruins. The hight of the walls are approx. 20 meters.
  • January 3, 2017
    Cool place to visit, castle like 16 th century dwelling, rebuilt a number of times.
  • October 10, 2015
    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.
  • February 23, 2017
    Super and attractive building.

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