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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  • A unique Mosque supported by rows of wooden columns with carvings that has stories to tell. The value is to decipher these carvings and admire how these wooden structure has amazingly withstood the te...  more »
  • This is a really nice place to visit. Apart from admiring its interior full of colums and beautiful light, you can also climb up the starts up the the top of its minaret from where you will be able to...  more »
  • beautiful mosque other than what is abundant in the area. Is formed by more than 200 wooden columns with richly carved in different ways. the visit is worth
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Whether you're looking to experience local culture or want a more upscale hotel experience, you'll find many types of accommodations in Khiva. Staying in a guesthouse or rental lets you really engage with the city, without spending a ton of money. If traveling with a tour group, you will most likely stay in a modern hotel. Book ahead for travel in spring or fall, the tourism high season. During the off-months fewer hotels stay open, but you also have far fewer tourists to compete with.
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