Ark Fortress, Bukhara

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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. Discover how to plan a Bukhara trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.
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  • The fortress is reached without problems from the central square of the village. Externally is impressive, but inside there is, in my opinion, anything interesting to see ...
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  • It is a wall surrounding the old city of Bukhara. In the exhibition was a little piece of repartee, such as was making a powerful entrance. Tour range is narrower than I thought, in all toilet doors no Turkey-was tired and paid. I think that may be a touristy little consideration.
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  • Location where you want to visit every tourist arrived in Bukhara. Great place in history. Spend money on guide, advise. You tell such stories that you'll never find in textbooks and workbooks. Be sure to visit and prison.
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  • Imposing monument standing prominently the the western edge of the old town. Part of it has been extensively restored, with most lying in ruins thanks to the Soviets. We got and English speaking guide as part of the entry ticket, who was very interesting, knowledgeable and patiently answered all of our questions as we walked round the museum and the various rooms open to the public. This certainly isn't as spectacular as any of the ornately decorated madrassa/mosques about town, but due to its longstanding and influential place in the history of the town, is probably a must see.
  • The Ark of Bukhara is a massive fortress located in the city of Bukhara, Uzbekistan that was initially built and occupied around the 5th century AD. In addition to being a military structure, the Ark encompassed what was essentially a town that, during much of the fortress' history, was inhabited by the various royal courts that held sway over the region surrounding Bukhara. The Ark was used as a fortress until it fell to Russia in 1920. Currently, the Ark is a tourist attraction and houses museums covering its history. The Ark is built on the remains of earlier structures, which constitute a layer twenty meters deep under the base arch, the layers indicating that previous fortresses had been built and destroyed on the site. The first known reference to the Ark is contained in the "History of Bukhara" by Narshakhi (899 - 960). Abubakra wrote "Bindu, the ruler of Bukhara, built this fortress, but it soon was destroyed. Many times it was constructed, many times destroyed." Abubakra says that when the last ruler to rebuild asked counsel of his wise men, they advised him to construct the fortress around seven points, located in the same relation to each other as the stars of the constellation Ursa Major. Thus built, the fortress was never again destroyed.
  • Beautiful place but need alot of stamina to cover it as has steep climbs into it with cobbled /unsmooth paths
  • Its an unique place, it looks like a live museum.
  • Great place. Not worth all. The money, like all the other places there. The only interresting thing comes at sunset, a guard takes gladly asks for a 20.000s bribe to let you go on the other side where all the ruins are. You get a magnificent view of the city, and youre completely alone as well

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