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Address: Bukhara, Uzbekistan

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Insight into chilling past

There are only a couple of rooms to view, but interesting because of the 'bug pit' where the British army officer Charles Stoddart was imprisoned before his eventual execution... read more

Reviewed 31 October 2016
London, United Kingdom
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Zindan of Bukhara is famous for 2 things the incarceration af Stoddard and Conelly and the Bug pit where the were kept before being executed there apart from the story of these 2 rather hapless english men there is a small exhibition of shakles etc a must see sight not so easy to find (walk to the registan then... More 

Thank fieldarcher
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2016

There are only a couple of rooms to view, but interesting because of the 'bug pit' where the British army officer Charles Stoddart was imprisoned before his eventual execution. It is situated round the back of the citadel.

Thank KMLondon22
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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237 reviews
179 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Although very impressive from the outside the inside is definitely worth visiting if only to see the infamous "Bug Pit" dungeon where the two British "Great Game" spies (Captain Connolly and Colonel Stoddart) were held for 3 years by Nasrullah the brutal Emir of Bokhara. Both were subsequently beheaded in the square in front of the Ark (after being forced... More 

Thank MartinBaxter58
Helsinki, Finland
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3 reviews
Reviewed 22 October 2016

As most Bukharan museums, not much written explanation was given. It would have been interesting to hear e.g. what where the reasons inmates were jailed for, how long they stayd, etc. Howevever the cost wasn'bad either

Thank Andy_Fasthill
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366 reviews
220 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 October 2016

The exterior of Zindan is impressive. With the exception of the Zindan prison, there is not much to see inside. The prison is infamous for its "bug pit" where two British spies were brutally imprisoned as part of the 19th century struggle for power in Central Asia in the imperial game between Britain and Russia for influence over this strategic... More 

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514 reviews
208 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 June 2016

If pressed for time I wouldnt bother going inside as it is more spectactular from the outside, there is only around 3-4 rooms open and they are not that great. The jail cells are the royal camber are the highlights. We went with a guide who explained all the history for us, recommended if you do the same as there... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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555 reviews
273 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 189 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Nothing special here, if pressed for time can be missed. 3 chambers to see and imagine how life was being locked up there .

1 Thank PavRao
Zurich, Switzerland
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327 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2016

Imagine history on this place: large gatherings of people for the events of the week/month/quarters, most of the time quite, dusty and hot. Do not miss to cross and see the fortress.

1 Thank haktus
Klang, Malaysia
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81 reviews
46 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2016

If you have a travel guide, you will hear a story behind this. Otherwise I would recommend you find out its historical background. It's a quick tour, part of the history of Bukhara.

Thank marcofahmey
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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192 reviews
141 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2016

Interesting place to see if you have read much about the Great Game. I recommend reading Peter Hopkirk's "The Great Game" for a good overview of this bit of history. Conolly, one of the officers who died in this prison, coined the term Great Game.

Thank jbg74

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