01:02 • the mausoleum of the Samanids

02:03 • Chasma Ayub mausoleum

02:46 • Bolo Khaouz Mosque

03:55 • the citadel Ark

05:18 • Kalan mosque

08:13 • Bakhouddin Naqshband Memorial

09:57 • Sitori-i-Mokhi Khosale Palace

10:37 • ... en een modeshow


Bukhara is one of the big cities on the Silk Road. More than 2,500 years old, the city has a rich architecture and was a great place of Zoraostrism, one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world.

Mosques, madrassas and remarkable minarets dot this city which has managed to conserve and restore its historic buildings.


- The Mausoleum of the Samanids was built during the 9th century by Ismaïl Samani founder of the Samanid dynasty (875 to 999).

This mausoleum which is the oldest monument of Muslim architecture in Central Asia is remarkable for its Zoroastrian-inspired architecture. Indeed, Islam prohibits covered constructions and this mausoleum is the first to depart from this rule.

The mausoleum has escaped destruction by invaders over the ages because it has been covered with several feet of earth over time.

It was not rediscovered until 1930 by the Russian archaeologist Shishkin.

The monument consists of a cube covered with a sphere. The cube represents the earth and fertility and the spherical dome the sky.

The monument has been nicknamed "the pearl of the Orient".

- Bakhouddin Muhammad Naqshbandi Bukhari is the Patron Saint of Bukhara. Born in 1314, he became one of the seven preachers of Sufism.

The complex was built in 1544 and revolves around the mausoleum of the great Sufi. It is a very important holy place in Central Asia and is nicknamed "The Mecca of Central Asia".

Abandoned under Soviet domination, this monument owed to its remoteness from the center of Bukhara, the fact of not having been desecrated and transformed into a hotel complex or a restaurant.

- Sitori- i-Mokhi Khosa means "the palace of the moon and the stars" and was the summer residence of the last emirs of Bukhara.

Its construction dates from the end of the 19th century and the palace was enlarged by Alim Khan with the support of the Russians. This is what explains the Russian influences in this construction.

The last emir was overthrown and exiled in 1920 by the Soviets.



about the place, Bukhara:

The Bukhara region has been inhabited for over 5000 years and the city was founded in the 6th century BCE. The city center is on the Unesco World Heritage List.

Bukhara has many mosques, minarets and madrassas.

The city has a little less than 250,000 inhabitants.



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