Attractions of Khiva

Ata Darwaza
In Eastern culture, the gates of the buildings mark the importance of the city, the house or the person.
Kunya Arch
The western gates lead to the first castle of the city, Kunya Arch. It was built by the Khiva Khan Muhammad Erenk Khan in the 17 century. By the end of the 18 century, Kunya Arch was separated from Ichan Kala and became a city.
The Juma mosque
The Juma mosque was built in the 10 century. It was re-built by Abdurahman Mihtar, a Khan high official, at the end of the 18 century. The mosque, which had 212 columns, offered the Friday prayer to the city.
The Muhammad Rahim Khan Madrasa
The Muhammad Rahim Khan Madrasa, one of the biggest mosques in Khiva, was in front of the castle Kunya Arch.
Kalta Minor
Construction of Kalta Minor Tower, which is located in front of the Muhammad Amin Khan Madrasa, started in 1851. According to the famous Khiva historian Munis, it was to become the highest tower in Central Asia.
The complex Pahlawan Mahmud
The complex Pahlawan Mahmud, the famous poet of Khiva, was built in the 20 century. Later it was renovated by the Khan Muhammad Rahim Khan in 1810.

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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