Last time we began to walk along Khiva, why not continue the tour today?
People, mosaic and wood carving are inside the post.
The walls of Itchan Kala had been reliably protecting the city for a thousand of years, but in 1220 were demolished by the Mongols. In the gentle slopes they started to bury the dead locals. In 1790 the city wall was restored, it was 2100 m long and 7-8 m high. At the ground level it was 6 m thick.
Such burials can be explained: underground waters here are too close to the ground surface so the traditional way of burial is impossible. The funeral color of Khorezm is white, of Samarkand is blue.
Doors are real masterpieces here. They are made of elm. Patterns of each door are unique. All doors are covered with flax-seed or cottonseed oils. You may spend plenty of time looking at them…
By the age of 14 children already have craft skills and help adults.
The master shows a bookholder. They can be different, carved of solid wooden pieces without any bolts, glue or something.
Boxes with a secret: to open one you have to do many turning manipulations. It’s the only place in Uzbekistan where you can find such bookholders or secret boxes.
Khiva Carpet Workshop. Sisters are embroidering.
A room where they make carpets
They use only natural dye to color thread.
Plants in patterns are most popular in this region. In Samarkand they prefer geometric patterns.
Tash Khovli Palace was built in 1831-1841.
How do you like the ceilings?
These patterns would never look so perfectly on any other material.
Kunya Arc Palace
Majolica mosaic. Majolica plates are nailed to the walls.
The patterns should calm and make think of the eternity.
This pattern symbolizes the solar system and the planets in it, eternity of the Universe.
Gates to Kunya Arc fortress – the main citadel of Itchan Kala
Uzbek books can be bought here
Here are traces of the ancient caravans…
Kibla Tazabog Palace built in the 19th century is incredibly beautiful.
The architecture has many European elements too.
Patterns in plaster
Muhammad Amin Khan madrasah – one of the biggest in Khiva.
Local tourism is surprisingly well developed in the region.
His daughter is making clothes for the dolls.
Juma Mosque Columns. The architecture of the mosque is quite unusual: there are no high domes or portals, only a rectangular hall. The mosque was built in the 18th century on the place of the old mosque dated the 10th century. The columns of the 10th century remained in the new mosque to impess people today.