Khiva: A UNESCO World Heritage Site; IslamiCity

Uzbekistan – Itchan Kala

Khiva (Uzbek: Xiva, Хива; Russian: Хива) is a town in the western province of Khorezm in the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Along with Samarkand and Bukhara, Khiva is an important and often overlooked historical site on what was once the Great Silk Road.  It’s difficult to imagine what exactly ancient Khiva was like, considering the historical areas were restored to a scrubbed and squeaky-clean look by the Soviets in the 1970s. However, the clustered array of mosques, madrassahs and tiled minarets within a area of less than 3km provides a sense of how crowded and bustling this town must have been throughout its history.

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