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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  • Ark Castle, a lot of interest on the weekends. Entry of agglomeration. There's a great view of the city of Bukhara from the inside. The Museum serves as a fortress. The oldest part of the city of Bukhara.
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  • The imposing Ark Fortress in Bukhara is something you will see when you are in the city, it’s hard to miss. Interesting history with the fortress and it is an impressive structure but inside not much ...  more »
  • The most grandiose construction in Bukhara. The first time I see such architecture. Huge walls and their amazing form. Architecture of Uzbekistan is unique. In Petersburg stands the mosque of Samarkand, a copy of the mosques. Of course part of the walls destroyed in 20 years. Russian aircraft bombed the fortress during the dawn of communism. Local storozhily remember about it. Be sure to go inside. I am very ashamed but I ditched the first time employee. When buying a ticket at the entrance asked us where we are and I replied that we from Tashkent. Then we were given some cheap tickets for three and guide. But the Guide knew immediately that we are from St. Petersburg. Perhaps we have on her forehead was written. Great exposure inside the fortress and a good excursion. Later in the market at antiquarian antique I bought photo prisoner of this fortress. He sat in the Chamber in Uzbek robe on a chain and a unique photograph depicting the fortress in times of Bukhara Emirs. In front of the fortress. For me it will be one of the major souvenirs from Bukhara, besides, of course, the ancient Uzbek robe, which I bought from Samarkand a pjanchushki for 300 rubles. This favors the history.
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  • You can identify the changes through tge time on this fortress. I liked to see how young local students enjoy the small museums.
  • 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.
  • One of the best places to visit in the city
  • Beautiful place but need alot of stamina to cover it as has steep climbs into it with cobbled /unsmooth paths
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