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Bukhara

Administration
Full nameBukhara
Official nameBukhara
Native name 
CountryUzbekistan
ProvinceBukhara Province
Government
HokimRustamov Qiyomiddin Qahhorovich
Demography
Total Population263400 (2009)
Urban (pop.)283400
Metro (pop.)328400
Other information
Time zoneGMT +5 (UTC)
Postcode2001ХХ
Area codelocal 365, int. +99865

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Bukhara ( ; ), from the Soghdian βuxārak ("lucky place"), is the capital of the Bukhara Province (viloyat) of Uzbekistan. The nation's fifth-largest city, it has a population of 263,400 (2009 census estimate). The region around Bukhara has been inhabited for at least five millennia, and the city has existed for half that time. Located on the Silk Road, the city has long been a center of trade, scholarship, culture, and religion. The historic center of Bukhara, which contains numerous mosques and madrassas, has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. Ethnic Uzbek may constitute the largest element in Bukhara, with the native Tajiks being as numerous. The city long has had a mixed population including Jews and other ethnic minorities as well.


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