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Destination: Uzbekistan
Last updated: 09 Jan 2017

Old City, Khiva, Uzbekistan

According to writing sources and architectural materials Khiva is rather young city, but archaeological data testifies to the fact that the city was one of the centers of ancient Khorezm. The Arabs conquered this Khorezmland in the 8th century and made it a part of the Islamic world. In the 9th-13th centuries, the state of Khorezmshahs arose in Khorezm and was crushed by the Mongols in the 13th century. In the 14th - 15th centuries Khorezm was a part of the Temurid state, and in the 16th century it was separated by Chinggizid khans.

Khiva City Walls
Khiva City Walls

In the 17th century the Amu Darya River changed its crease and Khiva became the center of the oasis and the capital of a khanate. The Khiva khan was dethroned in 1920 and Khiva Republic was formed. It was annexed to the USSR in 1925 and Khiva became an administrative unite of Uzbekistan.

View of Old Khiva
View of Old Khiva

Currently it is a huge museum in the open, located behind tall and thick walls, and with almost no people residing inside.

Aerial view of Khiva
Aerial view of Khiva
Ak Mosque
Anush Khah's Bathhouses
Chadra Hauli
Complex of Seyid-Biy and Palvan-Kari Minaret
Djuma Mosque
Islam Khodja Ensemble
Kunya-Ark of Kurinysh-Khan
Madrasah of Arab-Khan and Muhammad-Amin-Inak
Madrasah of Khurdjum and Allakuli-Khan
Madrasah of Kutlug-Murad-Inak and Abdullah-Khan
Madrasah of Matniyaz Divan-Beghi
Madrasah of Muhammad Rahim Khan
Mausoleum of Seyid Ala Ad-Din
Minaret of Djuma Mosque
Muhammad Amin-Khan Madrasah and Kalta-Minor
Necropolis of Khiva Khans
Pahlavan Mahmud Necropolis
Tash Hauli Harem
Tash Hauli Palace