Bukhara

Bukhara

An oasis in the desert, the UNESCO-listed Old Town in Bukhara has a unified feel, drawn together by a central reflecting pool and plaza, by commonality in the structure of the domed bazaars and by its major monuments: the Kalon Assembly, the Zindan Prison, and the Ark Citadel. Visit Lyab-i-Hauz Plaza, the heart of the Old Town, surrounded by centuries-old madrassahs (Islamic religious schools) and the wonderful bazaar under the ancient city walls. Pay your respects at the infamous “Bug Pit” by the Zindan Prison, where two of Britain’s “Great Game” players were held captive by the Emir of Bukhara before their execution in 1842.

PUBLISHED: February 5, 2013