Palace of Bukhara Emirs
Palace of Bukhara Emirs
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Andrew M
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
We passed this palace on the way to the train station and just had to get a better view. It is easily reached by mashrutka or taxi from Bukhara, as it is a 10-15 minute drive. Unfortunately it was late and the Palace was closed, so we were restricted to enjoying the exterior lights and the layout of the buildings. The palace lighting was excellent, particularly the use of blue on the main buildings. The structure was used mainly for visiting dignitaries after completion and was never lived in by the Emir. The Emir traveled from the old city to the palace by train on a special low gauge rail track.

Construction on the palace started in 1895, and the architect was Alexey Benoit. The railway line was opened in 1888. The Russians had to negotiate with Emir Abdul-Ahad Khan, as he forbade a railway being built in the holy city of Bukhara. This railway was a stop on the trans-caspian line which ran from Moscow to Turkmenbashi (Krasnovdosk) in Turkmenistan. The town of Kagan was developed around the train station. After the Russian invasion of Bukhara in 1920, the palace was used as a social club. It is a railway museum today, and although not in the best condition still stands out as a magnificent piece of architecture.

The nearby park is a pleasant area to relax from the heat. We thought it was fabulous that this piece of Russian architecture still remained standing. Other attractions in the town are on the other side of the rail tracks, and include an orthodox church and mosque. Visitors to this site should also see the Summer Palace of the last Emir, which was built between 1913-1918. It is located a few miles north of the Bukhara city center and known as Sitora-I Mohi Khosa. The old train station in Bukhara has been converted to an orthodox church, but the structure remains. This building is named the Church of Archangel Michael, and found on Bahouddin Naqshbandi Street.
Written October 11, 2019
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy7,232 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
I came across this beautiful building while walking to the train station. Well worth a look if you are in the area.
Written July 1, 2023
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JGDynamo
Canada2,087 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
Not far out of Bukhara centre is the Palace of the Bukhara Emirs in Kogon Town. We had a look around during our time in the area as part of our drive around the ‘stans. The palace on the outside is grand but faded, I’m sure there is some restoration project underway to get it back to its former shiny self but a lot of other more important things to be done in the country I am sure. Inside however, the rooms are elaborately decorated and quite lavish. Take a tour or someone who knows lots about it and learn about the opulence of the place.
Written May 15, 2018
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Paulette A
Glass House Mountains, Australia956 contributions
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Oct 2016 • Couples
Located a little way out of town the Palace complex and gardens are a bit rundown and neglected on the outside, but it is the insides which are very intricately done and true to their culture and what one would expect at the Emir's Palace. So don't be put off that it is off the beaten track and that the gardens and exteriors are not what you would expect, the insides would make you feel the effort was worthwhile.
Written December 5, 2016
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