Citadel Kunya-ark, Khiva

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Explore the complex of Citadel Kunya-ark, a 17th-century fortification that served as the residence of the Khiva Khans. Commissioned by Arangh Khan in 1686, the sprawling settlement stands atop even earlier structures. Today, several of the historic buildings remain preserved, including the mosque, mint, and throne room. Take a guided tour to get the most out of your visit and learn about the fortress' rich history. Admire the intricate blue tile-work that adorns the structures, and climb up to the top of the tower for an expansive vista of the city. Add Citadel Kunya-ark and other attractions to your Khiva trip itinerary using our Khiva online vacation planner .
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  • This citadel is the old fortress within the walls of Khiva. It has some beautiful wall decoration and lovely carved doors. Well worth a visit  more »
  • I'm not really one for searching out 'perfect' photo spots for sunrise and sunset, but I would make an exception for this! The walls of Khiva are a remarkable monument in general, but up here at sunse...  more »
  • The facade is beautiful. You have to admire its towers of the entrance door. It seems that they had made a sand Castle and had been covered with tiles part of it. The interior has several areas and one that I most liked was the harem. Each patio is spectacular. Every corner is a marvel for the eyes.
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  • grear views, blue tiles dovpration, very old, one feels like inside the tales
  • Arang-khan began the construction of the citadel Kunya-ark in 1686 at the western gates of Ichan-kala. The ark has a complex multi-yard composition, containing a house for khan, family, and dignitaries. From the large numbers of constructions of the ark only several buildings of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century were preserved. The view from the top of the Ark is impressive and worth to spend some time there.
  • Beautiful, especially in the early morning hours when there's no one
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  • Only the guard post at sunset deserves 5 stars ... the ark a 3 stars
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  • Gorgeous views of the city and the fortress. True steps are very steep and difficult to climb. Residence of the Khan itself is very beautiful. Very many mosaics and carved colon
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