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The Kalon Minaret (1127) (in Tajik means Great) is one of the defining symbols of Bukhara. When it was built by the Karakhanid Arslan Khan in 1127, the Kalon Minaret was probably the tallest building in Central Asia. It's incredible piece of work, 47 meters tall, which in 875 years has never needed any but cosmetics repairs.
Magok-I-Atori Mosque - the remains of a Buddhist monastery, a Zoroastrian temple and the mosque of the Arab invaders, all sharing the same space. Lyabi Hauz Ensemble. Lyabi Hauz, a plaza built around a pool in 1620 (the name is Tajik for "around the pool").
Lyabi Hauz Ensemble. Lyabi Hauz, a plaza built around a pool in 1620 (the name is Tajik for "around the pool").
Nadir Divanbegi Madrassah and Nadir Divanbegi Khanaka - built in 1630, on the opposite sides of the Lyabi Hauz by Emirs minister Nadir Divanbegi.
Kukeldash Madrassah (1568), once was the biggest Islamic school in Central Asia.
Ark fortress - royal town-within-town, as old as Bukhara itself, home to the rulers of Bukhara for over a millennium.
Bolo Hauz Mosque ("Mosque Near the Pool") (1712) - the royal court mosque.
Ismoil Samani Mausoleum - the town's oldest building (completed around 905), and one of the most elegant structures in Central Asia.
Chashma Ayub ("Spring of Job") - complex built in 12 century over a spring. Legend says prophet Job, a millennium before Islam came to the Zerafshan Valley and witnessed a great and terrible drought. Job struck the dusty earth with his staff and a cool source of spring water brought liquid salvation.
Sitora-I-Mohi Khosa - the Emir's summer palace, built by the Russians in 1911 for the last Emir Alim Khan.
Chor Minor (Four Minarets) (1807) - one of the most charming and quirky buildings in Bukhara.

"Once you have become the companion of the road,
it calls you again. The road lies outside the door
of your house full of charm and mystery".

Graham, Stephen
Through Russian Central Asia (1916)