Photographer's Note

This is the Historic Centre of Bukhara.

On the left is the spectacular-looking ancient fortress Ark, the initial core of the city, the oldest monument in Bukhara and formerly residence of the local rulers. The first settlements appeared at this place at least at the 3d century B.C. right up until 1920, when it was bombed by the Red army. It's about 80% ruins inside now, except for some remaining royal quarters, now housing several museums.

Outside in front of the fortress is medieval Bukhara's main square, the Registan, once a favourite venue for executions, including those of the British officers Stoddart and Conolly.

In the far background, is the Poi Kalyan complex (Pā-i Kalān, which means "The Foot of the Great") - its leading construction, Kalyan minaret, towering above the city of nearly 50 meters and visible from almost every place of the city. The green dome of Mosque Poi Kalyan is seen next to the minaret.

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