Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Bukhara - UZBEKISTAN - UNESCO #602

Today I received three cards from the distant mythical lands of Uzbekistan. It's so nice to get postcards from far away countries, places we know that we probably never have the chance to visit in person. This one shows the Kalon minaret, the highest in the historic city of Bukhara, right of the famous Silk Route. Thank you very much Igor for this card and for putting a Bukhara stamp in it, this is an amazing contribution to my collection. Now I have 186, only 795 to finish. This postcard took 17 days to arrive!
UNESCO #602 - Bukhara - UZBEKISTAN
Bukhara, which is situated on the Silk Route, is more than 2,000 years old. It is the most complete example of a medieval city in Central Asia, with an urban fabric that has remained largely intact. Monuments of particular interest include the famous tomb of Ismail Samani, a masterpiece of 10th-century Muslim architecture, and a large number of 17th-century madrasas. However, the real importance of Bukhara lies not in its individual buildings but rather in its overall townscape, demonstrating the high and consistent level of urban planning and architecture that began with the Sheibanid dynasty.

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