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Destination: Uzbekistan
Last updated: 10 Jan 2017

Tash Hauli Palace, Khiva, Uzbekistan

In the time of Allakuli-khan (1825-1842) the political, public and trading center of Khiva moved to the east part of Ichan-Qala. Here, at Palvan-darvaza gates there was constructed a new complex: new palace, madrasah, caravanserai and domical market (tim), Allakuli-khan's palace was named Tash-Hauli ('Stone yard'). It looks like a fortress with high walls, towers and fortified gates. Its architecture is based on traditions of Khorezm houses and country villas ('hauli') with closed yards, shady column aivans and loggias.

Inside the Palace
Inside the Palace

The palace consists of three parts grouped around the inner yards. The northern part was occupied by khan's harem. The reception room - ishrat-hauli adjoins the last one on the southeast; court office (arz-khana) - on the southwest. In the center of ishrat-hauli there is a round platform for khan's felt yurt. Long labyrinths of dark corridors and rooms connect different parts of the palace. Refined majolica on walls, colored paintings on ceiling, carved columns and doors are bright features of Tash-Hauli decor.
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Islam Khodja Ensemble
Kunya-Ark of Kurinysh-Khan
Madrasah of Arab-Khan and Muhammad-Amin-Inak
Madrasah of Khurdjum and Allakuli-Khan
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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
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