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Bukhara


Every historical and cultural monument in Bukhara is evidence of the great talents the Uzbeks possess, of their creativeness and success in science, education, philosophy and religion they have showed for 2500 years Bukhara has existed.

The city is supposed to be founded in the 13th c. BC during reign of Siyavushids who came to power 980 years before Alexander the Great. The name of Bukhara originates from the word 'vihara' which means "monastery" in Sanskrit. The city was once a large commercial center on the Great Silk Road. Bukhara is one of the most ancient cities of Uzbekistan, situated on a sacred hill, the place where sacrifices were made by fire-worshippers in spring time. This city was mentioned in a holy book of Zoroastnans. 'Avesto'.

The city is supposed to be founded in the 13th c. BC during reign of Siyavushids who came to power 980 years before Alexander the Great. The name of Bukhara originates from the word 'vihara' which means "monastery" in Sanskrit. The city was once a large commercial center on the Great Silk Road. Bukhara 's grand minarets, mosques, madrasahs, trading complexes, squares and pools still remain there as witnesses of the great city's history. Among them stand out the citadel and palace complex Ark , the mausoleum of the Samanids of the 10 th century, the minaret and mosque Poee-Kalon of the 12 th century, the domed trading complexes of the 15 th – 16 th centuries.