Brief information about Khiva:
According to the legend, Khiva was founded by the biblical Noah’s son - Sim. He traveled a long time in the desert in search of water and found a well, when he saw that he exclaimed "Haywack!". Around this well, life has sprung up, which has flourished there ever since.
Subsequently, Khiva became the capital of the ancient state of Khorezm, which gave the world many scientists, cultural and religious figures and rich khans who sought to stay in the memory of generations.
Khorezm rulers constantly competed with their closest neighbors Bukhara and Samarkand in greatness. They built grandiose palaces and spacious harems, decorating them with exquisite ornaments. One of the symbols of such a struggle for glory is the famous blue minaret of Kalta-Minor, which was to become the tallest building in Central Asia in the 19th century. But the architect, well aware that after creating such an excellent in its beauty and scale of construction, the khan executes it, so that no one had the opportunity to create such a thing, and fled without having completed the work. Nevertheless, anywhere in the world you will not find a minaret similar to this one.
In the ancient center of Khiva, inside the fortress of Ichan-Kala are preserved in its original form the ancient streets. They are so narrow that they can hardly pass an arba, let alone modern cars. Therefore, being there, you can’t do anything except how to lead the way of life of the ancient Khorezmian: move from madrassah to mosque through ancient squares, give honors to ancestors in medieval mausoleums and look at the surroundings from the height of the ancient fortress surrounding the city.
Main sights of Khiva:
Minaret of Kalta-Minor, Tash-Khauli Palace, Madrasah of Muhammad Amin-Khan, Memorial of Palvan Mahmud, Juma Mosque.
ICHAN-KALA. Preserved almost in pristine condition is the ancient inner city of Khiva, in which you will not find modern buildings or highways. The ancient fortress holds almost all the famous sights of Khiva, such as the madrasah and the madrassah of Muhammad Amin-Khan, Juma mosque, etc.
MINARET OF KALTA-MINOR. In the XIX century it was thought of as the highest minaret in the Muslim world. But the construction stopped long before the embodiment of the creator's plan for life. It is this unfinished view, as well as the unique facing of blue majolica, that make this minaret one of the most recognizable symbols of Uzbekistan.
MADRASAH OF MUHAMMAD AMIN-KHAN. The largest madrasah in Central Asia was built in the 50s of the XIX century by Muhammad Amin-Khan. The building is adjacent to the Minaret of Kalta-Minor. In addition to the spiritual school, the madrasah served as a workplace for the office of the Supreme Muslim Court.
JUMA MOSQUE. This Khiva mosque is a unique building in its architecture. Unlike classical mosques that are found in Central Asia, Juma mosque in Khiva does not have portals, domes, galleries and courtyards. It is believed that it was founded in the tenth century. Inside the building there are 213 columns, the oldest of which is more than 1000 years old.
MEMORIAL OF PALVAN MAHMUD. The famous Khiva poet and freedom fighter who lived in the XIV century is considered the patron of the city and is especially revered by its inhabitants. Impressive mausoleum adopted its own, preserved to this day appearance, at the beginning of the XIX century, when the addition of additional objects such as a mosque and a madrassah to the original grave ceased. The turquoise dome of the memorial, crowned with a golden ball, can be seen from every corner of Ichan-Kala.
PALACE OF TASH-KHAULI. This is the most outstanding from the architectural point of view construction of Khiva of the XIX century. It was built on the orders of Alla-Kuli-khan, a powerful and powerful ruler whose reign was marked by significant economic growth and progress in trade with other states. The palace was built in 8 years and consists of the khan's chambers, four aivans (bedrooms) for wives, rooms for harems, places for official receptions and a courtroom.
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