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“Nothing much to see inside”
Review of Ark Fortress

Ark Fortress
Ranked #14 of 58 things to do in Bukhara
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Reviewed 31 May 2014

While the outlook of the fortress is nice, there is nothing much to see inside. There are several small museums (I remember they are related to the fortress, uzbekistan's history, uzbekistan's money and uzbekistan's natural environment) inside the fortress. The view from the top of the fortress is not especially beautiful. If you are not interested in those small museums, I would not recommend going inside.

1  Thank Ken S
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

We were lucky enough to be given an entry ticket by other overlanders who were leaving, and I must say no wonder they were disappointed. Nothing to see inside except a couple of very average museums displaying a few shards of terracotta & coins. Walls are striking from the plaza outside.

2  Thank Laura P
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Reviewed 18 March 2014

A fortress would normally reveals some aspirations of the owner, the motives and the expectations. Walking inside this fortress, and listening to the briefing, one can feel and understand the aspiration on the King that build this fortress. There are rooms for family members, visitors room, visiting area, and an a balcony specifically built for the the princess to watch the activities on the arena down there.

Today, these rooms has turned into outlets selling items and souvenirs for tourist. You should be extra careful during winter or wet days as the path is a bit slippery.

2  Thank azman690
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

Ark Fortress or Ark Citadel were the two names of the same monument. It took us to walk there some 30 minutes from our hotel in Bukhara. The fortress was of such a colossal magnitude that it was impossible to fit it all in a single snap. Soon after entering the main gate, we purchased two entry tickets for 13,000/- Soums. Before climbing-up the Museum, we went inside a very graceful Mosque and then to a vast 'open-air' compound. The Management had opened a small portion of the fortress for tourists or locals while most of it was sealed permanently. View of Bukhara from the top of the fortress was fabulously picturesque specially in an excellent weather in October. There were a number of souvenir shops with variable prices, sufficiently enough for casual window shopping alone. Not to be missed at any cost.

3  Thank kb123742
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Reviewed 22 October 2013 via mobile

When the high point for me is the study of the Uzbek has installation maps then something is amiss.
Dowdy exhibits i'm dirty glass cases with almost no interpretation. Limited access to the site, the central Throne room impressive but totally empty and devoid of explanation. No clarity of what was open. Some interesting old photos and museum pieces.
Admission price doesn't worry you after the disappointment.
View from outside promises great things, but not delivered.

2  Thank AbracadabraEngland
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