Ata-Davarza, 1842, demolished in 1920 and rebuilt in 1975, main gate of Ichan-Kala, seen in the summer late afternnon light. In the background stands the Kalta minar, 1855, also called Guyok minar with the Muhammad Aminkhan madrasah on its right.
Ark citadel, 5th century, seen at sunset. On an artificial hill of 9,2 hectares, it was the internal fortress of Bukhara. According to legends it dates back early 1st century AD.
Kalyan mosque courtyard with the silhouette of the ablution fountain in the foreground, 15th - 16th century.
Women wearing traditional muslim clothes cross the Khast Imam Square. In the background stands the Khast Imam Mosque, 16th century, seen in the summer late afternoon light.
Madrasah of Seyid Amir Alim-Khan, 14th century, and Madrasah of Miri-Arab, 16th century, in the background, seen in a summer late afternoon light.
Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum, 14th to 16th century, with its blue tile-covered dome commanding Khiva's skyline and the Islam Hodja minaret (1910) on the right, seen at sunset.
Detail of minaret and cupola in the courtyard of the Gur-Emir Mausoleum, 1404, at sunrise.
Kukhana Ark fortress, Kalta minar in the background and Matniyaz Divanbegi madrasah in the distance, seen at sunrise.
Land of architectural glory, heart of Asia and Persia, golden road of silk, the only name of the three World Heritage cities, Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva are full enough for a dreamlike journey. Sunrises and sunsets give the magnificent light to embellish the architectural treasures of those powerful towns of beauty, history and culture.