chapter  4
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BUKHARA: THE PRINCESS OF CITIES

ByGözde Sazak

The history of Bukhara dates back to 50,000 to 10,000 years. There are 530 historic monuments in the city, 130 of which are in the World Heritage List by UNESCO. Palaces, bazaars, madrasahs, and mosques are some of the examples to these monuments, which were built during the 5th and the twentieth centuries B.C. by different states. The historic buildings in Bukhara are the most beautiful examples from the medieval times. Moreover, Bukhara is listed as a World Heritage Site not only because of its historic buildings but also because it was the center of handcrafts, religion, trade, and science (Babaev, 2008).