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Asia - Uzbekistan
19 August 2010



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Bukhara, our destination after visitingUzbekistan's capital Toshkent, is city-museum with 140 monuments. It's located along the Silk Road and UNESCO listed as a world heritage site. The city has been a centre of trade, culture, religion and scholarship and became the intellectual centre of the islamic world during the golden age of the Samanids.

In fact it's been one of the main centers of world civilizations from the 6th century BC when it was founded, when Turkic speakers moved in gradually. The Bukhara region has also been part of the Persian empire for a long time. Although the majority (84%) of the population is officiallyUzbek, in fact many of them are actually Tajik and speak Persian. Until the 20th century Bukhara was also home to the (also Persian-speaking) Bukharan Jews, whose ancestors settles in the city during Roman times. Most Bukharan Jews left the city between 1925 and 2000, settling in either Israel or the USA.

We got to Bukhara on a (too) long bus ride (what an adventure it was, straight through the Kyzyl-kum desert) from Toshkent and if it weren't for Baha, a friendlyUzbek co-traveller, we wouldn't have found any place to sleep on our arrival at 2 o'clock at night.

Bukhara is a fantastic city to discover randomly: you can roam around seemingly forever, discovering new corners and spots every day. The people are extremely welcoming and friendly. There are mosques, medressas, markets and colourful people literally everywhere. It was a tough task to reduce the over 1000 pictures I took in this city to a presentable number. Have fun!