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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  • Just inside the walled city (Ichan Qala) and north of the West Gate, this palace complex -- the older of two in Ichan Qala -- is only partially open to visitors. The main (entrance) courtyard is mostl...  more »
  • When you enter from the west gate the fortress Kuhna Ark is on the left and the complex was the fortress and residence of the rulers of Khiva where the harem, the mint, the old prisons, the stables, the arsenal, the mosque and the barracks, the throne room are located. In the ancient mint you can see banknotes and coins minted in Khiva and a video showing how they were made, then the summer mosque is an open-air structure with decorated white and blue tiles. An interesting part is the visit to the Watchtower or Bastion Ak Sheik Bobo that we paid separately because it was not included in our two-day ticket and I recommend doing it especially at sunset time because the view is spectacular.
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  • In this palace the emir received both outdoors and surrounded by beautiful walls decorated with tiles of all kinds and indoors in a yurt that was set up in winter on a circular platform arranged in the same courtyard. Today we are greeted by two Uzbek women who play and sing in traditional clothes, in exchange for some coins. Interesting the exhibition of coins from various eras and especially those of rather lustful silks and those of the Russian period with the image of Lenin
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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.
  • Gorgeous views of the city and the fortress. If you look towards the city, you can see the entire modern city surrounding the old 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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  • 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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