Zindan

Zindan, Bukhara: Address, Phone Number, Zindan Reviews: 4/5

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Flora G
5 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
A really enjoyable visit to this charming museum. A short but enjoyable trip with plenty of mysteries. Cheap entry and close to other, larger attractions. Staff were friendly and welcoming. Great fun for all the family!
Written October 26, 2021
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lauren_bailey23
Almaty, Kazakhstan112 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
Really enjoyed this museum, described as "Do visit if you like mysteries and not too susceptible". 10000 to enter which was reasonable. Gruesome 'bug pit' and a few prison cells. Fun dusty mannequins and some information about the prison. Not huge but enough fun for all.
Written October 26, 2021
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mtmhys
Funabashi, Japan479 contributions
Dec 2019 • Solo
Located nearby Ark castle. As I had enough time, I entered this site. It was not so attractive but it’s nice to know a part of this county’s history.
Written January 10, 2020
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yns_10
Sydney, Australia1,454 contributions
Sep 2019
The exterior is in the style of the Ark but the interior gruesome including a torture chamber, the horrendous bug pit, used shackles and dungeons.
Written November 21, 2019
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Alex W
Singapore, Singapore1,451 contributions
Oct 2019
Conditions might have been horrible when it was in use, but it turned out to be a relatively small prison with no more than 8 rooms in all. Then again, Bukhara was a small emirate (despite its notoriety for despotism and cruelty), so how many prisoners would it have had?

Not much to see inside beyond its one room for debtors and the “bug pit” for punishing the worst offenders. There are a few dusty mannequins, some weapons, a display of old postcards with pictures of Bukhara from early 20th century – the postcards may be the most interesting exhibits of all.

Entry 10,000.
Written October 26, 2019
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Andrew M
7,154 contributions
Jul 2019
We visited the Zindan after the Ark complex, by walking on Mirzo Khait Street which runs behind the Ark. This is a great way to approach the Zindan, as you get a feel for the distance that the prisoners had to travel to/from the Ark. Twice a month there was a hearing in the Registan square, where the Emir would decide if the prisoner lives or dies. The Zindan looks similar to the ark from a distance, but it is a much smaller version which could hold approximately one hundred prisoners . The entrance could be easily mistaken for a mosque, as it has a brick portal and arch.

It was built in the 1780's at the start of the Bukhara Emirate and was in use until 1920 when the Emirate collapsed. It was built as a 'debtors prison' but it's purpose evolved over time. The prison was divided into five sections; three cells for debtors, a guard's cell and the famous 'bug pit'.There is a great display of mannequins in chains in the debtor cell. The guard room had examples of the clothing worn by the soldiers and the weapons which they were issued. There were great black and white photos in the background of the displays. The bug pit (kanakhona) was too dark (as expected) to see anything, but many persons had tossed money into the pit. Famous inmates include the British soldiers Connolly and Stoddart and the Tajikistan national hero, Sadriddin Ayni.

The self guided tour then continues to the roof where the domed cells were situated. Of interest in this area is a muslim grave of a saint. We thought that the small museum was quite interesting, particularly the weapons exhibited and the instruments of punishment i.e. whips. All the displays had English translation making them really easy to follow. An added plus, is that you will have time to view the exhibits as there will be no crowds here. If you do some research on the history of Bukharan Emirate you will have a better appreciation for this museum. A nearby attraction is the Mirzo Osmon mosque,a short walk south.
Written October 15, 2019
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Martin J
Levice, Slovakia539 contributions
Sep 2019
Very interesting place with famous history about two english officers. Read something in one of the guide book before you visit is more than good idea.
Written September 2, 2019
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Love to Travel
Potters Bar, UK720 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
It was less than £1 to visit, but there is very little to see. There is information in English on the walls, but most pertained to the military and I wasn't sure its significance to the prison.
Personally I would give it a miss, but if you visit 10-15 minutes will probably do it justice.
Written June 2, 2019
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thelonious22
Seongnam4,319 contributions
Mar 2019 • Solo
Zindon (the jail) is a few hundred meters from the entrance. Although small, the torture room and the 6.5 m deep bug pit were cool to check out.
Written April 15, 2019
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Tim
Mountain View, CA11 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
If you happen to be nearby or are especially interested in the bug pit or seeing a few pictures of criminals then stop by, but otherwise there are only a few rooms in this museum and not much extra. A nice way to cap off a visit to the nearby Ark but not essential.
Written April 5, 2019
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