Toki-Sarrafon, Bukhara

Toki-Sarrafon, Bukhara

Toki-Sarrafon, located in the heart of the historic city of Bukhara, Uzbekistan, is an age-old marketplace renowned for its vibrant atmosphere and rich history. This significant architectural and cultural site reflects the city's bustling trading past, back when Bukhara was a key city along the Silk Road.

The name Toki-Sarrafon translates to "Dome of the Money Changers," harking back to the market's historical role as a hub for currency exchange. This bustling marketplace was filled with merchants and traders exchanging various currencies and precious metals, providing a critical financial service in the city frequented by caravans from all corners of Asia.

Today, Toki-Sarrafon is one of several dome-covered bazaars in Bukhara that continue to preserve the traditional commercial spirit of the city. It houses a variety of stalls selling a range of local goods, from traditional textiles and ceramics to unique handicrafts and spices.

The structure itself, featuring brickwork domes and intricate arches, offers a compelling example of the region's historic architectural style. Its domed ceiling is not just a striking visual feature but also serves a practical purpose by providing shade and cooler temperatures for merchants and shoppers, a crucial adaptation to Bukhara's arid climate.

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Toki-Sarrafon on Map

Sight Name: Toki-Sarrafon
Sight Location: Bukhara, Uzbekistan (See walking tours in Bukhara)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Bukhara, Uzbekistan

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