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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.

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 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

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 the late Uzbek leader Islam Karimov, exploited Bukhara's beauty as a backdrop for pop-music video she recorded in 2012.
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Gulnara Karimova, the daughter of the late Uzbek leader Islam Karimov, exploited Bukhara's beauty as a backdrop for pop-music video she recorded in 2012.

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