Bukhara is one of the most ancient cities in Central Asia. It was long a major trade and crafts center on the Silk Road. For a long period a part of the Persian Empire, has was one of the main centers of Iranian civilization during its history. Its architecture and archaeological sites form one of the pillars of the Persian history and art. It fell to Genghis Khan in 1220 and to Timur (Tamerlane) in 1370.
In 1868 the khanate was made a Russian protectorate, and in 1920 the emir was overthrown by Red Army troops. Bukhara became the capital of Uzbekistan when it gained independence in 1991.
The historic centre of Bukhara, designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993, still retains much of its former aspect, with its mosques, madrassas (madrasahs; Muslim theological schools), flat-roofed houses of sun-dried bricks, and remains of covered bazaars.
I have separated this album into two parts: Historical Sights and People and Street Scenes.