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Bukhara

Aerial view of the Ark citadel, 5th century, seen in a summer late afternoon light.

Khiva

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.

Bukhara

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.

Bukhara

Kalyan mosque courtyard with the silhouette of the ablution fountain in the foreground, 15th - 16th century.

Tashkent

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.

Bukhara

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.

Bukhara

Entrance to the Ark citadel, 5th century, seen at sunset.

Khiva

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.

Samarkand

Detail of minaret and cupola in the courtyard of the Gur-Emir Mausoleum, 1404, at sunrise.

Khiva

Kukhana Ark fortress, Kalta minar in the background and Matniyaz Divanbegi madrasah in the distance, seen at sunrise.

Samarkand

Aerial view of the Sher-Dor Madrasah, 1619 - 1636, seen at sunset with the Chorsu, dome-arched construction, 15th and 18th century, old shopping centre of the city, in the background.

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.