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Exploring the old city of Khiva

Today we had a local guide to show us around the old town of Khiva. We entered into Ichon-Qala at the ancient gate, and immediately came on Kalta Minor, the unfinished minaret. This beautiful blue-tiled structure appears rather squat, as it is only 29m of its intended 90m height. We visited Tash Khovli palace, built to house the Khan and his wife’s and concubines.
Finally we visited the Juma Mosque. Originally constructed in the 10th century, the building, with its 212 wooden pillars, reminds us of the layout of the Mezquita in Córdoba, Spain. It is a wonderfully cool spot in this hot desert.
The balance of our afternoon was free time. We wandered through an area of old homes just inside of the old walls. This is not a tourist area, and the mud and straw buildings are a throwback to much more ancient times.
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Entrance at the West gate into Ichon-Qala
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West gate
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Kalta Minor
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Juma Mosque

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The Khan’s bedroom at Tash Khovli Palace

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One of the many ancient building inside Ichon-Qala
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GAdventure group photo

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Us among some beautiful tiles
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Jim relaxing out of the sun
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Jim counting his wad of Uzbeki som
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One of the gates leading out of the old walled town

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Old homes inside the old walled town

Posted by Jimpat 06:49

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