This summer palace is the last remaining example of the country home of the emirs, or rulers of Bukhara. It includes the traditional three-house complex of one and two story buildings, where the emir, his administrators, extended family members and concubines all had separate living quarters. There is another palace in this section of Bukhara built by a more recent emir in 1917. This ruler was very involved in the planning and building of his summer palace. The remarkable complex consists of a huge estate divided into separate distinctive sections. Each distinct area was built for its own particular function. On the tour of Bukhara, visitors to this palace can wander about the large flower beds of stunning Central Asian roses. These gorgeous rose beds, which are sprinkled throughout the landscape of the estate, lead to gracious pavilions in little secret gardens, some with pretty reflecting ponds. The pavilions served various specific functions; some were used as harems for the emir’s wives and concubines. Others functioned as entertainment stages, where the finest artists and performers of the day would entertain royalty. As the visitor follows the garden paths on the tour of Bukhara, they will find that the estate also had a zoological garden for the delight of the emir’s family and distinguished visitors. The overall impression of this delightful summer palace is that of a beautiful expansive park.
Category: Architecture • Landscape • Travel
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