Welcome to Bukhara

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

Bukhara, another main stop on the Silk Road tourism trail in Uzbekistan, was once an oasis capital where many a caravan passed through. Today it’s full of many historic buildings from those ancient and medieval times, from madrasahs to mosques to minarets. A lot smaller than Samarkand, the vibe is a lot more laid back, with many of the historic areas in and around residential neighborhoods. It’s also full of people getting around on bicycles.

 


A tree grows at the 16th-century Kalon Mosque, one of the crown jewel historic sites in Bukhara.


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In the Soviet era, the halls of the Kalon Mosque served as a storage facility.



Across the way from the Kalon Mosque is the 16th-century Mir-I-Arab Madrasah, still in use today. It’s not open for tourists because it serves as a school as it did in medieval times. This guy is probably late for class.


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