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Friday Mosque, Khiva

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
Admire archaic Islamic architecture at Friday Mosque, a cathedral mosque and part of the World Heritage-protected walled inner town of Khiva. This 18th-century single-hall mosque features a flat roof supported by over 200 carved wooden pillars--a few of which date back to the original 10th-century building and bear ancient Arabic inscriptions in Kufic. Floral-vegetable patterns adorn some of the newer 18th-century columns, complemented by lavish decoration and delicate door carvings. With its 52 m (171 ft) baked-brick minaret intermittently rounded by turquoise tile belts, the mosque remains a landmark of the old city. To visit Friday Mosque and other attractions in Khiva, use our Khiva travel itinerary maker.
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  • Quiet place for contemplation and not overwhelmed by tourists. There is restoration but many parts are older and it still gives the feel of history, The sheer amount of pillars is incredible and it is...  more »
  • Basically a big hall with old wooden pillars, most of which have been replaced already because of woodworm. And because they used chemicals to fight those, you better not stay too long inside.  more »
  • I have never felt so at peace in a building. Its one of the most beautiful mosque I have ever been to. It just had such an air of tranquility. I could hardly convince myself to leave. I still think ab...  more »
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  • Impressive. Don't miss it.