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Sitorai Mohi Hosa palace in Bukhara photo

The summer palace of Bokharan emir called Sitorai Mohi Hosa, which means the «palace similar to stars and the moon», is 4 kilometers to the north of Bukhara and is the most curious example of the mix of Oriental and Russian palace architecture.

At the end of 19 century the emir of Bukhara Said Abdul Akhad Khan wanted to build a summer palace and move to the palace as all the other residences of Bukhara were already outdated. 

As by that time Bukhara Khanate was a vassal of the Russian Empire for several decades, it was decided to use the architectural elements of Russian imperial residences during its construction. So the emir sent his best architects to Petersburg and Yalta in order that they could see the examples of palace architecture. As a result, there was built a palace, which differs very much from the traditional buildings of Bukhara, such as the Ark Citadel or the Poi Kalyan complex.

The main building works were carried out under the following emir Mir Seyyid Alim Khan during 1912-1918. All the main structures of the palace were erected rather quickly, but interior decoration works were finished only several years later. Actually, the emir died without even having a chance to live in his palace as in 1919, before the invasion of the Red Army, he was forced to take a refuge in Afghanistan where he died in 1920.

The New Palace may be of a special interest for visitors. Externally, it divided into 2 wings. One of the wings was built in the style of Petersburg palaces, and the other one has characteristic oriental features. Within the palace there remained magnificent decorations of private and public chambers of the emir, which were designed in Bokharan style.

The White Hall may also be interesting for tourists. There were held official receptions and balls. The White Hall was decorated during 1912-1914 by the group of workers, headed by the well-known Bokharan architect Shirin Muradov, in the style of European ceremonial chambers.

At the far end of the park there located the building of the Harem of the Emir of Bukhara, with a bower and pond in front of it. Nearby you can see an octagonal pavilion. The Emir of Bukhara built it for the sister of the Russian emperor Nicholas II, whom he invited but she didn’t come.

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Reception hall of the Bukhara Emir at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace is a country residence of the Bukhara Emir built at the end of 19 century
Building of the harem of the Bukhara Emir at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Main entrance of the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Some buildings of the summer residence of the Bukhara Emir, the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace, were built in the European style after Bukhara architects had been to St. Petersburg
All ceremonial receptions of the Bukhara Emir were held at the White Hall of the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Enfilade of rooms at the New Palace of Sitorai-Mohi Hosa near Bukhara
Waiting room before the reception hall at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Ceiling of the reception hall at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Study of the Bukhara Emir at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Summer verandah for tea parties at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Summer verandah for tea parties at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Pavilion of the princess Olga, the sister of the Russian emperor, on the premises of the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace (the emir got acquainted with her during his study in Petersburg and waited for her visit but she didn’t come)
Exposition of Bukhara robes in the pavilion of the princess Olga at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Interiors of the octagonal room located on the territory of the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Interiors of the octagonal room located on the territory of the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Bukhara Emir`s robe in the exposition of the octagonal pavilion located on the territory of the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Gilded panels of the octagonal room located on the territory of the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Interiors of the octagonal room located on the territory of the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Pavilion in front of the entrance to the harem of the Bukhara Emir at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Formerly there was the throne of the Bukhara Emir on the top of this pavilion at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Overhead passage to the pavilion near the harem of the Bukhara Emir at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Building of the harem of the Bukhara Emir with the pavilion on the bank of the pool at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Walking gallery in the building of the harem of the Bukhara Emir at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Entrance of the harem of the Bukhara Emir at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Exposition of oriental carpets in the building of the harem of the Bukhara Emir at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Exposition of oriental carpets in the building of the harem of the Bukhara Emir at the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Walking alleys on the territory of the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace near Bukhara
Entrance onto the territory of the summer residence of the Bukhara Emir, the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace
Main entrance of the summer residence of the Bukhara Emir, the Sitorai-Mohi Hosa Palace