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Bukhara -- Uzbekistan's Ancient Silk Road City

Not surprisingly for a city that has been around for millennia, Bukhara boasts a rich architectural heritage. Its beautiful historical, center with numerous mosques and madrasahs was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1993.

A view of Bukhara's historical center
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A view of Bukhara's historical center

Bukhara's Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, which dates back to the 12th century
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Bukhara's Chashma-Ayub Mausoleum, which dates back to the 12th century

Bukhara's massive Ark fortress, which was built in the fifth century
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Bukhara's massive Ark fortress, which was built in the fifth century

A man walks in the tranquility of Bukhara's Old City
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A man walks in the tranquility of Bukhara's Old City

A woman walks past the Uluh-Beg Madrasah, a Koranic school in Bukhara.
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A woman walks past the Uluh-Beg Madrasah, a Koranic school in Bukhara.

The Mir-i Arab madrasah in Bukhara, which is said to date back to the early 16th century
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The Mir-i Arab madrasah in Bukhara, which is said to date back to the early 16th century

The Mir-i-Arab madrasah from a different angle
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The Mir-i-Arab madrasah from a different angle

An ancient tree stands near a museum in the historical center of the Silk Road city.
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An ancient tree stands near a museum in the historical center of the Silk Road city.

A view of the majestic Kalyan mosque complex
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A view of the majestic Kalyan mosque complex

A minaret from the Kalyan complex
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A minaret from the Kalyan complex

A man walks past a Mosque in Bukhara
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A man walks past a Mosque in Bukhara

Street vendors in Bukhara
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Street vendors in Bukhara

Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbek leader Islam Karimov, exploited Bukhara's beauty as a backdrop for the video to her latest single, "Round Run."
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Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of Uzbek leader Islam Karimov, exploited Bukhara's beauty as a backdrop for the video to her latest single, "Round Run."

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