|UNESCO #602 - Historic Centre of Bukhara - UZBEKISTAN|
Thursday, October 31, 2013
Bukhara - UZBEKISTAN - UNESCO #602
Another awesome card from Uzbekistan, this time a larger view of the city of Bukhara and the Kalyan minaret (the highest in the country). Thank you very much Kama for sending me this amazing postcard, I already have a card from this city, but I'm very glad for having this one, because with this sunlight Bukhara looks really beautiful. This postcard took 12 days to arrive!
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.