Ark of Bukhara

Tel: (998) 652-241-729

Address: Afrosiab St, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bukhara is a famous Central Asia city in the southwest of Uzbekistan. Having at least 2,500 years of history, the Historic Centre of Bukhara has been inscribed by UNESCO on the World Heritage List.

Located at the heart of the old town, the Ark of Bukhara (a fortress) is the best starting point for exploring the local history. Although the exact period in which the fortress was built is still uncertain, archaeologists believe that local leaders had been ruling it since 500 BC the latest. 

Around 3,000 residents were living in the fortress at the peak. Mosques and academies were built one after another, making the fortress be the Islamic religions and academic centre.

Being conquered by different civilisations, including Mongolia, one after another, the Ark of Bukhara also suffered damage and underwent reconstruction on multiple occasions. During the Russian Revolution, most of the buildings in the fortress became ruins under the bombing ordered by Mikhail Frunze who was the Red Army Commander. Fortunately, as both the Soviet Republic and independent Uzbekistan tried to promote tourism, the Ark of Bukhara has become a major tourist attraction. As a result, restoration works have been continuously taken place.