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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  • The Ark is part of the historical heart of Khiva and the buildings must be seen with their exquisite tiling and wood carving of the pillars. It is also a good place to be at sunset if one climbs up to...  more »
  • The best views of all Itchan kala. The visit is worth. And is more relaxed than the ascent to the Minaret of Islam Khoja, which are 118 steps of a half-meter.
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  • Khiva is a charming small town, classified world heritage of UNESCO. All of its buildings are beautiful and authentic. The Kunya-ark Citadel is no exception.
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