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. Use our Khiva itinerary builder to visit Citadel Kunya-ark on your trip to Khiva, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • August 11, 2017
    The citadel or palace Kunya Ark is visited by minimum 90 percent of travelers coming in Khiva. Even if its harem is now closed the summer mosque, reception hall and the observation tower offer you nic...  more »
  • August 1, 2017
    The harem is particularly interesting, note the Swastika symbol at the apartment of the Khan's senior wife as a marking of seniority and blessing  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    Looking very nice in this citadel as the Khan has lived with his retinue. Individual backyards, such as lobby oder.die mosque, etc. just wonderful, like the entire OASIS khiva.
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