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Top Choice Islamic Site in Khiva

Kalta Minor Minaret

Just south of the Kuhna Ark stands the fat, turquoise-tiled Kalta Minor Minaret. This unfinished minaret was begun in 1851 by Mohammed Amin Khan, who according to legend wanted to build a minaret so high he could se…
Top Choice Uzbek in Khiva

Khorezm Art Restaurant

Charmingly located in a low-lit and cosy stone building with a bamboo roof and local handicrafts and photography on the walls, the Khorezm Art Restaurant is definitely one of the best choices in town. Yes, the servi…
Top Choice Seafood in Khiva

Ogahiy Fish Restaurant

This charming place is wrapped around a couple of ponds, among vineyards in a bucolic spot 3.5km northwest of Isfandiyar Palace. Take marshrutka 2 from the trolleybus stop and get off at the large blue sign saying O…
Fort in Khiva

Kuhna Ark

To your left after you enter the West Gate stands the Kuhna Ark – the Khiva rulers’ own fortress and residence, first built in the 12th century by one Ok Shihbobo, then expanded by the khans in the 17th century. The…
Islamic Site in Khiva

Allakuli Khan Medressa

Just east of the Juma Mosque, a lane leading north from Pahlavon Mahmud ko'chasi contains some of Khiva’s most interesting buildings, most of them created by Allakuli Khan – known as the ‘builder khan’ – in the 1830…
Islamic Site in Khiva

Islom-Hoja Medressa

Walk south from the Abdulla Khan Medressa to the Islom-Hoja Medressa and minaret – Khiva’s newest Islamic monuments, both built in 1910. You can climb the minaret. With bands of turquoise and red tiling, it looks ra…
Historic Site in Khiva

Ichon-Qala Gates & Walls

You are free to walk around the Ichon-Qala without a ticket, you just won’t be able to access (or, technically, to photograph) any sights. The North, East and South Gates are known as, respectively, the Bogcha-Darvo…
Palace in Khiva

Isfandiyar Palace

The Isfandiyar Palace (also called the Palace of Narallabay) was built between 1906 and 1912, and like the Emir’s Summer Palace in Bukhara displays some fascinatingly overdone decorations in a messy collision of Eas…
Mausoleum in Khiva

Pahlavon Mahmud Mausoleum

This revered mausoleum, with its sublime courtyard and stately tilework, is one of the town’s most beautiful spots. Pahlavon Mahmud was a poet, philosopher and legendary wrestler who became Khiva’s patron saint. His…
Palace in Khiva

Tosh-hovli Palace

This palace, which means ‘Stone House’, contains Khiva’s most sumptuous interior decoration, including ceramic tiles, carved stone and wood, and ghanch. Built by Allakuli Khan between 1832 and 1841 as a more splendi…