Khiva

The Shirgazi Khan Madarasa
The Shirgazi Khan Madrasa, the oldest and biggest mosque in Khiva, is located in the center of Ichan Kala. It was built by the slaves captured by Shigazi Khan in Khorasan in 1718. He was killed in 1720.
The Islam Khoja complex
Islam Khoja, a Khiva Khan advisor, built the ensemble consisting of the madrasa and the tower in 1910.
The Tash Hauli palace
The Tash Hauli palace is located at the eastern gates of Ichan Kala.
Karwan Saray
The Khan Allakulikhan built Karwan Saray in front of the Tash Hauli palace in the thirties of the 19 century. It is the last karwan saray building in Khorezm that exists nowadays.
The Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasa
The Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasa is the biggest madrasa in Khiva. It was built in the years from 1851 to 1855. The Madrasa, which has 72 meters in the length and 60 meters in the width, was the main building at the western gates of the Ichan Kala Castle.
The Allaudin graveyard
The Allaudin graveyard, a cupola shaped building with rare majolica, was raised at the grave of the reputed sheikh who died in 702. It was built in the first part of the 14 century. Later in the 18 century another building for visitors was built next to it. Their architecture internweaves various eras.

Samarkand is one of the most ancient cities in Uzbekistan and it is called the "Pearl of the Orient" by right. This small and neat town became the center of culture development in the republic. Many architectural monuments of Samarkand are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The symbol of the city is undoubtedly the Registan Square. Three famous madrasahs - Ulugbek, Sher-Dor and Tilla-Kori are majestically standing in the town and represent architectural development of XV-XVII centuries. Also, a monumental building of the Bibi-Khanum, built by the orders of Amir Timur in honor of his beloved wife, enveloped by many legends, evokes additional interest among tourists.

Not far from the mosque, there is Shahi Zinda construction, which almost adjoins with the residential area. This monument of medieval architecture is a must to visit, as there is no such a sightseeing guideline in the world that could deliver the whole atmosphere and the power of that place.

It is worth to mention the tomb of Timurid Gur-Emir. The world-famous commander Amir Timur lies there. In accordance to the legend, it was the opening of his tombstone that led to the beginning of the Great Patriotic War.

In Samarkand Travel Guide it is also included the visit to places of religious power and clergy. Ecclesiastic all over the world who arrive in Samarkand firstly try to visit the mausoleum of the prophet Daniel that is surrounded by legends. The relics of St. Daniel were brought to Samarkand by Amir Timur after his campaign in the lands of Iran. According to legend, the prophet continues to grow inside the sarcophagus, and the sarcophagus grows with him, and this explains the unusual length of the tomb.

We can talk about the sights of Samarkand endlessly, but it is much better to visit this fascinating and mysterious city.

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