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A full day to explore Bukhara

We started our morning walking tour of Bukhara at a Samanid mausoleum. This is a monument with detailed brickwork, built from 892—943 CE as the mausoleum for a ruler. It was a wonderful and rare example of pre-Mongol architecture. Using only mud brick, brilliant designs and textures are created.
We continued on to see a mosque built in the 17th century, with a unique gallery of wooden pillars. The building is known as the “40 Pillar Mosque” despite the fact that there are only 20 pillars. This is because the 20 pillars are reflected in a pool in front of the mosque.
We continued on to see the Ark Fortress. Originally constructed in the 5th century, it has been destroyed and re-constructed numerous times.
We then returned to the Kalon Minaret, and the Kalyan Mosque at its foot. This lovely mosque includes a gallery of 208 pillars under 288 domes, and was wonderfully cool under the hot midday sun.
By this time it was becoming seriously hot, so it was a treat to retire to a tea house to enjoy a light lunch. We sampled three different types of teas, including one with saffron and another with ginger and cardamom, as well as a coffee flavoured with cardamom and another with cinnamon. We also enjoyed a wide variety of Uzbek sweets.
The balance of the afternoon was free time. We visited a small building called Chor Minor, which was the gatehouse for a now-destroyed madrassa.
In the evening we had dinner with our group on a rooftop. Later, a number of us enjoyed a drink at the Lyabi-Hauz fountains with all the locals, and even sampled a very unique “ice corn”, popcorn treated with liquid nitrogen!
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Samanid mausoleum
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40 Pillar Mosque
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Ark Fortress
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Ark Fortress Wall
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Locals at Ark Fortress
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Kalyan Mosque
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Kalyan Mosque
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Kalyan Mosque
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Afternoon tea
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Chor Minor

Posted by Jimpat 05:14

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