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Bukhara (Buxoro or Бұхара in Uzbek; Бухара in Russian; also Boxara in Tatar) is one of the major cities of Uzbekistan, capital of the Bukhara region (Bukhoro Wiloyati).


During the first millennium, it was located on the silk road trade route.


The historic center of Bukhara has been listed by the UNESCO as one of the World Heritage Sites. It contains numerous mosques and madrassas.

A statue of the populist philosopher and wise man Nasreddin can be found on a central square. It shows him riding his donkey backwards and grasping its tail , as he is traditionally depicted.

Citadel of Bukhara
citadel of Bukhara

City skyline of Bukhara
A view of the centre of Bukhara, dominated by the Kalon minaret

Ark fortress walls
The walls of the Ark fortress, home to the Khans of Bukhara

Poi Kalon Ensemble
A view from the inside of the Poi Kalon mosque, showing the Kalon minaret

Chor Minor
Chor Minor: the gatehouse to a now-disappeared madressah