Chor-Minor

Chor-Minor is one of the most prominent structures in the city of Bukhara. It was commissioned by a rich Bukharian, Khalif Niazkul, in 1807.

The most striking feature of the Chor-Minor is its four minarets, each topped with a sky-blue cupola.

Although the cupolas may look identical at first glance, one will find upon closer examination that each, in fact, has its own shape and design, making this monument a truly interesting addition to the city skyline.

The four minarets were meant to symbolize the four Bukhara dynasties: the Mangyts, the Sheibanids, the Samanids, and the Karakhanids.

Just beneath the dome is a library through which one can enter the minarets. A laidback courtyard with a small pond also lies on the grounds of Chor-Minor.

Bukhara

The ancient city of Bukhara is one of the holiest places of worship in Central Asia. But it’s not just about religion. With its architecture remaining untouched for centuries, Bukhara is also a showcase for the old glamour of Central Asia in the years long past.

Bukhara is one of the most well-preserved historical sites in Uzbekistan. Its restoration has been funded and prioritized by the government.

Largely because of this support, Bukhara has not lost any of its grandeur. It was able to retain the original structures of its madrasahs, the famed Uzbek market complex in the city center, and the imposing royal fortress with walls that tower over the ancient city.

Most visitors come to Bukhara to view its protected buildings. Talking a walk through town is a great way to experience Uzbek history and view more closely the city’s well-preserved architecture.

Stay until dusk in order to appreciate the city more. Watch as the sunny skies slowly turn into dusk, bathing the city’s domes and intricate mosaics with a beautiful golden light.

Charvak Lake

A huge man-made lake, Charvak Lake, is a favorite summer destination of Uzbeks and their guests.

This artificial lake was created by putting up a dam, the Charvak Hydropower Station, in the Chirchiq River.

Today, the Charvak Lake functions as a resort. Lodges, conference halls, bars, food chains are now in found in the area. Locals and tourists alike come to enjoy the picturesque view of the lake against the majestic mountainous background.

Mir-i-Arab

The Mir-i-Arab Madrasah is a massive monument founded in the 16th century. Not much else is certain about its creation.

What is certain is that it is one of the most breathtaking monuments in all of Uzbekistan.

The edifice’s enormous size alone is astounding. In addition, the madrasah is elaborately decorated with beautiful calligraphy and mosaics on its walls. Behind the main façade, you will find the tomb of Mir-i-Arab.

The madrasah has more than a hundred cells for students to stay in. Many famous religious and political figures got their education from the madrasah of Mir-i-Arab.

In fact, as of today, over a hundred students are enrolled in the renowned institution.

Samani Mausoleum

The Samani Mausoleum holds the remains of Ismail Samani, the founder of Samanid dynasty. It is also the tomb of his grandson and his father.

It is one of the oldest monuments in the city of Bukhara and one of the most beautiful man-made structures in all of Central Asia.

The mausoleum boasts of ornate terracotta brickwork, which fortified by 2-meter-thick walls that are so well built, they have never required significant restoration in all the mausoleum’s 1,100 years of existence.

An especially fascinating fact is that as the sun moves across the sky and the light changes its direction, the designs on the terracotta seem to move and change.

Today, the area around the mausoleum is called the Samanids Recreational Park.

 

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