More Bukhara Architecture

This morning, I took the Defender for a drive 8km out of town to see the Chor-Bakr Necropolis (on the tentative list for UNESCO World Heritage status). It was reportedly built in the 16th century,  over the burial place of Abu-Bakr-Said, who was one of the four of Abu-Bakrs (Chor-Bakr) – descendants of the Prophet Muhammad. I arrived about 9.30am and was the only visitor in the entire complex!

Entrance to the Chor-Bakr Necropolis
Entrance to the Chor-Bakr Necropolis
Chor-Bakr Necropolis
Chor-Bakr Necropolis
Chor-Bakr Necropolis
Chor-Bakr Necropolis
Chor-Bakr Necropolis
Chor-Bakr Necropolis
Chor-Bakr Necropolis
Chor-Bakr Necropolis
Chor-Bakr Necropolis
Chor-Bakr Necropolis
Grave sites at Chor-Bakr Necropolis
Grave sites at Chor-Bakr Necropolis
Chor-Bakr Necropolis
Chor-Bakr Necropolis

After returning from Chor-Bakr, I had a final wander around the old town before the midday heat kicked in. It was interesting to see silk carpets still being hand-knotted in one of the carpet shops.

One of several trading domes in Bukhara - now occupied by souvenir stalls
One of several trading domes in Bukhara – now occupied by souvenir stalls
Hand-knotting silk carpet
Hand-knotting silk carpet
Another two hand-made carpets in progress
Another two hand-made carpets in progress
A close-up of a carpet being made
A close-up of a carpet being made
Some of the carpets on sale
Some of the carpets on sale
Magoki Attori Mosque (12th century)
Magoki Attori Mosque (12th century)
Magoki Attori Mosque (12th century)
Magoki Attori Mosque (12th century)
Nodir Divanbegi Pool, part of the Lyabi Khauz Ensemble in the centre of the old town. There are restaurants around the edge and the pond is lit up at night
Nodir Divanbegi Pool, part of the Lyabi Khauz Ensemble in the centre of the old town. There are restaurants around the edge and the pond is lit up at night

 

Tonight is my last night in Bukhara. I plan to set off early in the morning (about 5.30am) when the temperature is a bit cooler. I have a fairly long drive to Khiva (about 450km) and have been told that the road surface is bad.

I had a pleasant surprise when I went to pay my hotel bill. The rate quoted by booking.com was the double rate for a triple-room that was the ‘last one available’. The actual rate for my single room is $40 per night. That’s a great rate for this cute little hotel. Thumbs up for the Amulet Hotel.

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