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Destination: Uzbekistan
Last updated: 09 Jan 2017

Islam Khodja Ensemble, Khiva, Uzbekistan

Islam-Khodja was the first vizier of Khiva khanate under Muhammad Rahim-khan II (1863-1910) and his son Esfendiyar-khan (1910-1920). He sponsored the construction of ginnery, hospital, drugstore, post and telegraph office and secular school in Khiva. In 1908-1910 Islam-Khodja built the ensemble in the southeastern part of Ichan-Qala. It consisted of the smallest in Khiva madrasah and the highest minaret imitating ancient minarets of the 11th-12th centuries. Its top platform (45 meters) is the highest observation point in Khiva. Horizontal belts of dark blue, white, blue and green glazed mosaic decorate the minaret. Its skylight has a stalactite cornice and ceramic lattices - pandjara.

Islam Hoja
Islam Hoja

The small yard of the madrasah has forty two hudjras. Decor of the main facade makes a good background for the minaret: blue and white majolica, tympans and glazed ornament. The southeastern sector of the madrasah is occupied by a mosque. Its low heavy dome balances vertical position of the minaret. Majolica and carved ganch decorate mihrab niche of the mosque.
View from the foot
View from the foot

Khiva Domes and Minarets
Khiva Domes and Minarets

Top of Islam Hoja Minaret
Top of Islam Hoja Minaret
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Madrasah of Matniyaz Divan-Beghi
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Mausoleum of Seyid Ala Ad-Din
Minaret of Djuma Mosque
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