The oldest monument of Bukhara is the Ark - the citadel and residence of Bukhara Rulers. According to archaeological data this structure refers to the III century B.C. According to archaeological data this structure refers to the III century B.C. The chronicle of the city narrates about numerous cycles of destruction and revival of the fortress, of its assaults and sieges. For many centuries on the site of Arch (Ark) there formed 18 meters high artificial hill, the upper layer of which was built up during the last Bukharan Emirs. Stackable on each other walls turned into colorful pise-walled adobe facing of the hill.
|Ark contained a whole city and consisted of courtyards and patios closely fused with each other and with the State Chancellery, housing of Emir and his wives, his relatives and dignitaries of the royal court. Inside the trapezoidal contour of fortifications construction was rectangular with traditional cross intersection of the main streets oriented to the cardinal.|
Stories about Bukhara can take days and weeks. Each monument is a separate, an epic story grandeur of which deserves multivolume books. It is necessary to feel Bukhara, adjoin to it, to catch its taste, a smell. This city makes you fall in love with itself without the slightest efforts. Its beauty doesn't need to be exaggerated or to be described in the bright colors, after all each its stone speaks out louder than thousands words. Mysterious Bukhara, sacred Bukhara, alluring Bukhara and even the air is different here because it keeps a history of centuries and who knows what awaits us after a new turn.