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Last updated: 09 Jan 2017

Kunya-Ark of Kurinysh-Khan, Khiva, Uzbekistan



Kunya-Ark ('Old fortress') is the inner citadel of Ichan-Qala. It was founded in the 17th century by Muharnmad-Erenk khan (1687-1688). By the end of the 18th Kunya-Ark had formed 'city inside the city' separated by a high wall. There were khan's mosque, residence, supremecourt, waiting room (kurinysh-khan), powder magazine, arsenal, mint, registry, harem, kitchens, stables, guardhouse and others. The original building of khan's kurinysh-khana (waiting room), constructed by Muharnmad-Erenk was destroyed in the middle of 18th century when Iranian troops invaded the khanate. Today's constructions were built between 1804 and 1806 by lltezer-khan (1804-1806).

Kunya-Ark of Kurinysh-Khan
Kunya-Ark of Kurinysh-Khan


The southern part of the kurinysh-khana is occupied by a throne room with two-column aivan. In the center of the room there was a yurt before which the khan was sitting during official receptions. Khan's throne was put into a niche on the southern wall. Khan's treasury and storehouse of manuscripts were placed in the western part of the kurinysh-khana. Doors of the throne room were decorated with carved ganch and ceiling - with multicolored painting. Aivan in the room is covered with magnificent blue-white majolica. Stone base of one of its columns keeps verses of Khorezm historian and poet Ogahi.
Fortifications
Fortifications


Kunya Ark from outside the Ichan Kala
Kunya Ark from outside the Ichan Kala
Ak Mosque
Anush Khah's Bathhouses
Chadra Hauli
Complex of Seyid-Biy and Palvan-Kari Minaret
Djuma Mosque
Hazarasp
Ichan-Qala
Islam Khodja Ensemble
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
Old City
Pahlavan Mahmud Necropolis
Tash Hauli Harem
Tash Hauli Palace