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Visitor Management by Myra Shackley

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2    Bukhara (Uzbekistan)

A former oasis town on the SilkRoad

David Airey and Myra Shackley

The blacked aridity all around oppressed me inexplicably, as though the city was dying instead of being restored (Thubron, 1995, p. 60)

Keywords: Bukhara Silk Road Uzbekistan Central Asia

Location grid reference: 39°47'N 64°26'E

World Heritage List Inclusion date: 1993

Summary

This former Central Asian trading hub of the medieval Silk Road is now a medium-sized city trying to reconstruct its former architectural glories in the context of Uzbekistan's post-Soviet market economy. World Heritage designation has facilitated extensive reconstruction programmes for major Bukharan Islamic monuments dating mostly from the sixteenth century. Development of ...

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