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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. To visit Friday Mosque and other attractions in Khiva, use our Khiva travel itinerary maker.
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  • Djuma mosque (Friday Mosque) built in the 10th century. In the 18 century the mosque was completely rebuilt. Juma is unique in structure-it has no portals, domes, galleries and courtyard. The mosque has access from three sides. The oldest of these columns date back to earlier centuries than the mosque itself, because columns were taken from the medieval Khorezm capital city of Kata.
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  • Peaceful place, one wanders into a forest of pillars of dark wood carved in a pleasant twilight.
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  • It's warm to Khiva in this period, especially if you try all the hats in fur that artisans want to sell you while it's 39 degrees! This is precisely why our stop in this forest of carved wooden columns is a haven of peace!
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  • Impressive. Don't miss it.