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Citadel Kunya-ark

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Address: Khiva, Uzbekistan
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Arang-khan began the construction of this citadel complex in 1686, which...

Arang-khan began the construction of this citadel complex in 1686, which contains a house for khan, the members of his family and dignitaries.

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11-Day Tour: Magical Cities of Uzbekistan
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Silk Road Treasure

Khiva is deservedly listed by UNESCO. The old town has been preserved and reconstructed within the forbidding ancient walls and every lane reveals a treasure of architecture or... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Elizabeth K
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Hook, United Kingdom
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Glass House Mountains, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The old citadel of Khiva has been both well preserved and partly reconstructed. There are wonderful city walls as they would have originally appeared. The streets inside have been well maintained with most historical points of interest on the main north-south and east-west roads. The rest is full of a maze of old buildings where approximately 4000 people still live.... More 

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Hook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Khiva is deservedly listed by UNESCO. The old town has been preserved and reconstructed within the forbidding ancient walls and every lane reveals a treasure of architecture or archaeology. The mosques and madrasahs have superb blue tiles and most have found a modern use - one madrasah is now a hotel, several have handicraft stalls. Wood carving is a speciality.

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Thank Elizabeth K
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Khiva Old City is a wonderful place to explore, fairly compact with much of historical interest. The ancient citadel is full of exquisite ancient Islamic architecture with mosques, madrassas, tombs and temples. Having an English (or French, German etc as applicable) is an absolute must to get the best out of the visit. A must see, enjoy.

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Climb the walls and walk on top of them. There is only one point from where you can do that near one of the gates and pay a small amout of money. But the views are fantastic. Be very careful on the stairs and on the platforms as there are no parapets.

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Thank Emil-Nistor
Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

Detailed and explanatory introduction into the old and exciting history of Khiva. Also offers great views over Khiva!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Not sure why this isnt number 1.. as this is a great Citadel in pristine condition! Make sure you spend a few hours to wander around the streets and do this at both night and day as you get 2 very difference experiences. I found when I was there I felt like I had the place to myself as there... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

Apparently, the word "ark" in old Farsi /Uzbek means "place of safety" and nowhere more so is this visible than in Khiva. The tall mud-brick walls, 12 feet thick at least in places, is testament to this and encircles the old city, with an inner and outer skin. You could quite imagine the relief for travellers seeing these stout walls... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

View the city from here - it's brilliant. Stairs a bit worn, though. Could almost imagine what it must have felt like up here centuries ago.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2015 via mobile

Though you have to pay small extra fee to go to the top, I would recommend you do. A small walk to the top and you can get a view of the whole town.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2015

This spectacular fortress is right next to the Tourist Office near an entrance to the walled city of Old Khiova, and is often the first site tourists encounter. Well preserved, and an amazing history, which tells much about the life of the Khan.

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