emir summer palace in bukharaPopularly known as the Emir’s Summer Palace in Bukhara, this charming and nauseating collection of dwellings and state rooms was built by the Russians in 1911 for the last Emir Alim Khan, as an inducement to get him out of the Ark fortress and safely ensconced in a strategic and cultural no-man’s-land on the edge of town.

By the end of the 19th century, the emirs of Bukhara actually spent little time in their official residence, the