Bukhara (debate. [ˌbuxɒrɒ], Uzbekistan Bukhara, Tajik Бухоро; arab.-pers بخارا, DMG buhara; Russian Бухара; in German-speaking Bukhara) is one of the most important cities of Uzbekistan and capital of the province. The old town Buxoros with its architectural masterpieces, including numerous mosques and madrassas is counted by UNESCO since 1993 a World Heritage Site. The city has 235,517 inhabitants (1 January 2008) and is one of the most important commercial and industrial centers of Central Asia. Most of the inhabitants of the city are Tajiks and speak as a native language Tajik, the Central Asian form of Persian.