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World Heritage #0602 – Historic Centre of Bukhara

World Heritage #0602 – Historic Centre of Bukhara

The madrassas and mosques are impressive and give you a sense of what the days of the Silk Road were like.

The UNESCO World Heritage List includes several hundred properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

Country: Uzbekistan

Date of Inscription: 1993

Category: Cultural site

UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 0602:

Bukhara, which is situated on the Silk Route, is more than 2,000 years old. It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia, with an urban fabric that has remained largely intact. Monuments of particular interest include the famous tomb of Ismail Samani, a masterpiece of 10th-century Muslim architecture, and a large number of 17th-century madrasas.

My visit:

On a 2014 road trip to several of the ancient Silk Road cities, I found Bukhara to be a definite highlight. One can only imagine how it would be like to enter the city in the days of camel caravans, seeing the huge fortress, the grand madrassas and mosques and not least savour the vibrant markets throughout the city. The city has retained much of that atmosphere and makes for a splendid couple of days before venturing to other cities on the famous Silk Road.

Read more about my visit.

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