Video: Sardoba: Antiquity Water Depot

Uzbekistan Historic Sites

 

A sardoba (a Tadjik term translating as ‘cold water’; Persian: ab anbar) is an ancient cistern for collection and storage of water. Built of fired bricks in the ground, with a dome with vents over it, it was filled with rain water, snowmelt and water from nearby springs through underground tunnels. Sardobas were built mainly along the Silk Road caravan arteries, and there are still a lot of them surviving in Uzbekistan.

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