Tourists of the Lost Ark

The Ark, Bukhara, Uzbekistan, on Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

The Ark of Bukhara was once Bukhara’s grand citadel, from the 400’s to the 1920s. That’s quite a long run, and it might have gone longer if the Soviets didn’t bomb it.

 


A Korean couple of a large Korean tour group dons traditional Uzbek clothes for a touristy photo — at the Juma Mosque (now a museum).



I don’t know why the museum description of this says it’s a bowl holder. I mean, look at it; it’s obviously a bra with tassels.



The Juma Mosque at The Ark.



Old and new: A lady texts on her 21st-century phone next to the 5th-century Ark — the oldest structure in Bukhara.

 


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This dispatch is one of over 70 travel dispatches from the trip grouped and titled, "The Global Trip: 'Stan By Me." It's an archived compilation of Instagram and Facebook posts which chronicled a trip through three countries in Central Asia: Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

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