Bukhara: The Other Face

Sign in the Jewish quarter for travellers` lodgings

We saw a book for sale: “Bukhara; a Museum in the Open” — an appropriate title. But as the (reluctant) photographer, I always show my best (prettiest?) pictures, so you tend see the monuments, not the slums. Margo always berates me to “take it as it is”. So here are a few less-than-beautiful shots to give you a broader insight into the city.

Hole in wall below sign to talk to lodgings proprietor

Typical dwelling wall construction of timber and brick. This is well suited to this earthquake zone. When completed the wall is often covered with plaster of mud or soft cement.

Typical lane with nicely finished houses

Typical doorway entrance to a nicer dwelling

House in poor repair

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3 responses to “Bukhara: The Other Face

  1. EMIR booted out of his dictatorship office in 1920 by Red Army and citizens.

  2. Certainly looks like a complex place. Residential streets always that deserted? And how much was the Jewish hotel?

  3. Grant that is correct… and they bombed the Emirs palace heavily!

    Art yes it is a complex place. The streets were deserted because I was photographing in the heat of the day when only “mad dogs and Englishmen” are out. Never enquired as to the cost of the hotel… mine was inexpensive and air conditioned (B&B for 25$ for two … add $3 for a good supper)… bet this one was even cheaper but no A/C.

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