Friday Mosque, Khiva

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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. Before you head to Khiva, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Khiva itinerary planning app , to make sure you see all that Khiva has to offer, including Friday Mosque.
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  • This is a very old mosque that is no longer in use. The main thing that you notice here is the wooden pillars holding up the roof. Some of the pillars are very old. The main room is quite dark and tha...  more »
  • I loved the wooden columns that hold up the building, the carving was beautiful. Some of them are in better shape than others.  more »
  • An open space inside, with many wooden columns, to support the whole structure. A nice visit, simple but pretty. Recommended
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