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Old fort ark in the old town of Bukhara, Uzbekistan
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The Ark of Bukhara (Ark Citadel)

This ‘city within a city’ houses centuries of Bukharan history, and is one of the city’s most iconic structures.

This spectacular fortress is the oldest structure in Bukhara, dating all the way back to the 5th century. Since then, it was inhabited by various peoples up until the invasion of the Red Army in 1920. Prior to the invasion, the Ark was inhabited by over 3,000 people. It was mainly known as the residences for the Bukharan emirs, but also housed appointed officials, poets and scholars. With royal palaces, government offices, stables and libraries the Ark of Bukhara truly functioned as a city within a city.

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© monticello / Shutterstock

Over the years Bukhara has been sieged many times. This caused the continuous cycle of destruction and rebuilding. Since the takeover by the Red Army the Ark has not been restored to its original functions, and much of it lies in ruins. The remaining living quarters are now used as museums displaying the history of the Ark. Also located within the Ark, are exhibits of nearby archaeological sites of former Silk Road trading centres, the original Coronation Court, and the remains of the royal apartments.

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© saiko3p / Shutterstock

About a 10 minute walk from the Poi-Kalyan complex

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The Ark of Bukhara (Ark Citadel)

Hours

Hours: 8AM-8PM daily

Pricing

Price: Entrance 15,000 som or about $1.50USD (camera fee of 5,000 som or about $0.50USD)