Architecture of Tajikistan
For most of Tajikistan's early history, architecture
was limited to domestic dwellings (homes) and for most people this consisted of
a round portable house called a yurt that catered to the nomadic lifestyle.
Yurts still exist today in Tajikistan, although the people are moving in the direction
of more permanent settlements, especially under Soviet rule.
However, the Tajik people also built incredible monuments
in the form of both mosques and mausoleums. These structures though are primarily
in Samarkand and Bukhara, which are now in Uzbekistan
due to the Soviets shifting of borders. Due to this shifting in borders, Tajikistan
today has no true historic architecture outside an occasional fort, house, or mosque,
few of which deserve particular mention. The town of Sogd (500-700s) has some interesting
stone ruins as does the city of Khujand, which was on the Silk Road.