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Old town of Khiva

Your guide to the sightseeing in Khiva. Mostly visited historical sites, best sightseeing places in Khiva. Find out interesting facts, brief information, view photos and read visitors review about Khiva’s top visitor attractions. 

Unesco World Heritage Site LogoHistoric Centre of Khiva has been inscribed upon the World Heritage List of the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Inscription on this List confirms the exceptional universal value of historic sights in Khiva which deserves protection for the benefit of all humanity.

Khiva, an excuisite city in the middle of the dessert, is indeed unchanged for many centuries. Located along the commercial Silk Road, the city is home to the most skilled artisans, 15th century medrassahs, teahouses, and spice markets. Walking along its main streets, back streets, you’ll find something interesting to catch your eye. There are so many mosques, mausoleums, minarets and madrassahs crammed in the historic town of Khiva, also known as Ichan Kala (the inner fortress).

 

Pakhlavan Mahmoud MausoleumA beautiful emerald green dome topped with a large brass finial marks the Mausoleum of Pakhlavan Mahmoud - the holiest site in Khiva. It is the shrine of Khiva's patron saint, Pakhlavan Mahmud, who was a fur hat maker and a famous poet of Khiva, and the dynastic burial complex of the Khiva Khans.
Kunya Ark CitadelKunya Ark which is the “old fortress” was founded in 1680's by Muhammad Arang Khan. It is a citadel located in Itchan Kala. The citadel presented a complex containing the residence of Khivan Khans and their family. The Kunya Ark foundations are the oldest surviving remains in Khiva dating back to the fifth century.
Minaret of Palvan-KariPalvan Kari is rare type straight, cylindrical minaret. It was built in the late XIX, early XX centuries. Palvan Kari minaret is located in the eastern part of Dishan-Kala close to the Sayyid-biy
Palace of Nurullah-bai Description About Welcome to in Khiva. Here you will find information, view photos and read tourist reviews of in Khiva. The palace of Nurullah-bai is in the northwestern part of Dishan-Qala. It was built by Muhammad-Rahim-khan II for his son and heir Asfendiyar-khan from 1906-1912. After the [...]
Tash Hauli Palace Description About Welcome to in Khiva. Here you will find information, view photos and read tourist reviews of in Khiva. The Khan’s palace is a large building, ornamented with pillars and domes, which, covered with bright coloured tiles, flash in the sun, and attract the attention of the [...]
Palvan-DarvazaPalvan-Darvaza means not only the eastern gates of Ichan-Qala, but also a big shopping mall. In the 17th-18th centuries this place was occupied by the ancient gates with a prison.
Monument to Al-KhorezmiyWelcome to Monument to Al-Khorezmiy in Khiva. Here you will find information, view photos and read tourist reviews of Monument to Al-Khorezmiy in Khiva.
Shirgazi Khan Madrassah Description About Welcome to in Khiva. Here you will find information, view photos and read tourist reviews of in Khiva. Shirgazi-khan Madrassah is the oldest in Khiva. It is located to the south of Pahlavan-Mahmud Mausoleum. It was constructed in 1718-1720 after the successful military [...]
Madrassah of Muhammad Rahim KhanThe madrassah of Muhammad Rahim-khan is located opposite the gates of Kunya-Ark. The madrassah is one of the biggest in Khiva. It was constructed in 1876
Madrassah of Muhammad Amin KhanThe biggest medieval madrassah in Khiva, the Madrassah of Muhammad Amin-khan (1845-1855) is located opposite to Kunya-Ark at the gates of Ata-darvaza.
Madrassah of Matniyaz Divan BegiWelcome to Madrassah of Matniyaz Divan Begi in Khiva. Here you will find information, view photos and read tourist reviews of Madrassah of Matniyaz Divan Begi in Khiva.
Madrassah of Kutlug-Murad-inak and Abdullah-khan Description About Madrassah of Kutlug-Murad-inak and Abdullah-khan Welcome to Madrassah of Kutlug-Murad-inak and Abdullah-khan in Khiva. Here you will find information, view photos and read tourist reviews of Madrassah of Kutlug-Murad-inak and Abdullah-khan in Khiva The madrassah of [...]
Madrassah of Khurdjum and Allakuli KhanWelcome to Madrassah of Khurdjum and Allakuli Khan in Khiva. Here you will find information, view photos and read tourist reviews of [Madrassah of Khurdjum and Allakuli Khan in Khiva.
Madrassah of Arab Khan and Muhammad Amin InakWelcome to Madrassah of Arab Khan and Muhammad Amin Inak in Khiva. Here you will find information, view photos and read tourist reviews of Madrassah of Arab Khan and Muhammad Amin Inak in Khiva.
Madrassah of Amir TuraThe madrassah of Amir Tura is located in the northern part of Ichan-Qala among private houses. It was constructed in 1870 by the brother of Muhammad Rahim-khan II
Kunya ArkKunya-Ark ("Old fortress") is the inner citadel of Ichan-Qala. It was founded in the 17th century by Muhammad-Erenk Khan. Kunya-Ark had formed a "city inside a city" separated by a high wall
Kalta MinorKalta-Minor - the "Short minaret". The minaret and Muhammad Amin-khan Madrassah were intended to finish the plan of the big square near the western gates of Ichan-Qala.
Minaret and Madrassah of Islam Khodja Description About Welcome to in Khiva. Here you will find information, view photos and read tourist reviews of in Khiva. Islam-Khodja was the first vizier of the Khiva khanate of Muhammad Rahim-khan II (1863-1910) and his son Esfendiyar-khan (1910-1920). He financed the construction of a [...]
Friday Mosque – Djuma Mosque and MinaretThe cathedral mosque of Khiva, otherwise known as Djuma-Mosque, is located in Ichan-Qala on the road leading from the gates of Palvan-darva-za to Ata-darvaza.
Bagbanly Mosque Description About Welcome to in Khiva. Here you will find information, view photos and read tourist reviews of in Khiva. Bagbanly (Bokbonly) Mosque is a small quarter mosque from the early 19th century. It is located to the south of Islam-Khodja Minaret. We know its architect, Pahlavan Kuli, [...]
Necropolis of Pahlavan-MahmudWelcome to Necropolis of Pahlavan-Mahmudin Khiva. Here you will find information, view photos and read tourist reviews of Necropolis of Pahlavan-Mahmud in Khiva.
Bathhouse of Anush-khanWelcome to Bathhouse of Anush-khan in Khiva. Here you will find information, view photos and read tourist reviews of Bathhouse of Anush-khan in Khiva.
Ak-Mosque Description About Welcome to in Khiva. Here you will find information, view photos and read tourist reviews of in Khiva. The Ak-Mosque (“White Mosque”) was built at Anush-khan (1663-1687) in the middle of the 17th century. This is a small quarter mosque next to the gates of Palvan-darvaza. The [...]
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