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A very ancient city, Bukhara was a major center of the Silk Road. It was famous for its medieval trading domes, caravansaries, Persian architecture, and its many scholars and artisans. Today it is one of Uzbekistan's major tourist draws. Bukhara is a city-museum, with about 140 architectural monuments. The nation's fifth-largest city, it had a population as of approximately 272,710 (2014). Humans have inhabited the region around Bukhara for at least five millennia, and the city has existed for half that time. Located on the Silk Road, the city has long served as a center of trade, scholarship, culture, and religion. UNESCO has listed the historic center of Bukhara (which contains numerous mosques and madrassas) as a World Heritage Site.





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Synagogue of Bukhara
The Jewish community was once 7% of the population, but after the USSR fell, several countries offered Soviet Jews automatic citizenship, and many Soviet Jews in Bukhara and elsewhere left. Today, only about 50 Jewish families remain in Bukhara.


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Ark (Fortress)
The Ark was Bukhara's "Forbidden City," the home of the Emir and the royal family. It began in the 5th century and remained occupied all the way to the 1920's, when 80% was bombed by the Red Army as it was being used as a holdout in an uprising against the Bolsheviks. What remains today is open to tourists and the buildings house several museums.


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Nowruz in Bukhara
Nowruz is the Persian New Year celebrated on the first day of Spring. The holiday originated in Iran over 3000 years ago, but is celebrated for centuries throughout Central Asia. It was banned by the Soviet Union, but is once again very popular in the former Soviet Central Asia.


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