Let’s have a night walk along Khiva, Uzbekistan.
Asia Khiva is considered the best hotel in the city.
Awesome ancient carved doors behind which live ordinary people who revere their history and traditions.
Ancient city Ichan-Qa’la (which means “citadel”) is surrounded by massive clay walls.
The walls are really impressive – 10 m high, 6 m thick and 2650 m long along the outside perimeter.
According to archaeologists the fortress already existed in the V-VI centuries as a caravan depot at the well Kheivak. They took the clay for the construction 2 km away from the city.
Each door and each wall keeps memories of ancient wars and invaders, khans and viziers.
The main gates – Ata-Darvaza. Inside used to be a room for tax collection and a room for money exchange.
If you enter the gates Ata-Darvaza you find yourself in the noisy street full of traders. You don’t even have to close your eyes to imagine yourself to be in a fairy tale…
Kalta Minor or “Short minaret”
The foundation of the minaret is 15 m deep underground, the minaret is incomplete being only 29 m high though it has to be about 100m according to the architect’s idea.
Like everything else in Khiva this minaret is surrounded with legends.
One of them says that in the foundation of the minaret a leader of some uprising was buried alive. According to another legend the Bokharan emir having heard about the unique construction wished to build an identical minaret in Bukhara. But the khan of Khiva swore to execute the genius architect as soon as the construction is over. The architect escaped being scared and left the minaret unfinished. And nobody could complete it since then.
Once you turn from the central street all the traders disappear and the quiet medieval atmosphere obduces you.
Time flows differently here, it seems you may touch it, it’s thick and viscous as honey, such a golden sparkling substance…
The highest minaret in Khiva – Islam Khodja
It was built in 1908-1910.
Sunsets from the minaret are very beautiful.
All houses are finished with straw and clay. If someone tries to follow modern tendencies and apply white plaster he is complained about and made use clay not to spoil the historical image of the city.
Courtyards are sorrounded with impenetrable walls. Uzbeks spend all summer months in them.