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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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  • We got here almost by accident, so neprimetna this mosque. Find the path to it will help the Minaret, the most modest decorations in Khiva. Forest of columns simply fascinated us. Yes, you can walk endlessly here, considering the thread on wooden columns, but we wanted to just sit on the benches, the benefit they stood here, and listen to their own impressions. On a hot day here was cool, calm and quiet.
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  • Impressive mosque with very ancient wooden pillars (some salvaged from other places), well. The half-light inside gives a particular atmosphere that may also involve non-Muslims.
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  • Of course, the visit of the courtyard of the mosque is a must but don't miss the ascent to the minaret. Central view of Khiva and great experience to climb!
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  • Impressive. Don't miss it.

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