Uzbekistan Historic Sites and Landmarks

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Mosque of Bala LakeMosque of Bala Lake
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Nicknamed the "Forty Pillars Mosque" (its porch has 20 slender columns, which reflect in the adjacent pool), the unique Bolo Hauz Mosque in Bukhara was built in 1712.

Kalon MosqueKalon Mosque
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

The 12th-century brick Kalon Minaret is one of the most impressive monuments in Bukhara and it can be climbed for fine views. Next to it is the 16th-century Kalon Mosque, built on the site of an earlier mosque.

Ismail Samani MausoleumIsmail Samani Mausoleum
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

This small, elegant 10th-century mausoleum is one of Bukhara's oldest monuments. Built for the founder of the Samanid dynasty, its delicate terracotta brickwork disguises 2m-thick walls that have neve

Char MinarChar Minar
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Its name means "four minarets," but this interesting little building with four dome-topped towers was actually a gatehouse of a medressa.

Mir i Arab MedressaMir i Arab Medressa
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

This impressive medressa with two blue domes stands opposite the Kalon Mosque. Founded in the 16th century, it was a working seminary until its closure in 1920. Stalin reopened it in 1944.

Maghoki-Attar Mosque
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

This 12th-century mosque is the oldest in Central Asia. It also has a long history of sacredness - remains of a Zoroastrian temple and a Buddhist temple have been found beneath it, and Jews once used

Ulughbek Medressa
Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Built in 1417, this is central Asia's oldest medressa and the model for many others. The attractive structure is decorated with blue tiles.