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Bukhara – The Holy City

GRADEROY > Blog > DO's in Uzbekistan > Bukhara – The Holy City

Bukhara is one of the most ancient cities of Uzbekistan, situated on a sacred hill, the place where sacrifices were made by fire-worshippers in springtime. This city was mentioned in a holy book “Avesto”. Bukhara city is supposed to be founded in the 13th cent. B.C. during the reign of Siyavushids who came to power 980 years before Alexander the Great. The name of Bukhara originates from the word “vihara” which means “monastery” in Sanskrit. The city was once a large commercial center on the Great Silk Road.

Bukhara lies west of Samarkand and was once a center of learning renowned throughout the Islamic world. It is the hometown of the great Sheikh Bakhouddin Nakshbandi. He was a central figure in the development of the mystical Sufi approach to philosophy, religion and Islam. In Bukhara there are more than 350 mosques and 100 religious colleges. Its fortunes waxed and waned through succeeding empires until it became one of the great Central Asian Khanates in the 17th century.

Bukhara with more than 140 architectural monuments is a “town museum” dating back to the Middle Ages. 2,300 years later, ensembles like Poi-Kalyan, Ismail Samani Mausoleum, Ark, Lyabi-Khauz are attracting a lot of attention. The city consists of narrow streets, green parks and gardens, historical and architectural monuments belong to the different epochs, but locate very close to each other.

DO's in Uzbekistan

Make it happen

Explore the capital of Tamerlane

Visit Bukhara, Holy land of 7000 saints

Walk in Ichan-Qala Fortress in Khiva

Try Uzbek Food: pilaf, samosa, shurpa, manti, etc.

Watch Kupkari (Ulak) – nomadic horce racing

Explore Sarmish Say petroglyphs (Bronze Age)

See Aralsea, a desert sea bed

Enjoy avant-garde art at Savitsky Museum

Observe traditional silk making

Learn how paper is made from mulberry

Make your pottery ware in Gijduvan

Visit Charvak: artificial lake in Uzbek mountains

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