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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  • Decidedly atypical mosque and different from the others. The 220 wooden columns are all different because every family offered a different! Is very unique
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  • On this site the Church was long before Islam. In the interesting collection of carved wooden columns. Each one can look at the clock. There's tons of ancient symbolism.
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  • A fascinating mosque with a maze of hand carved columns -no two are the same. Unfortunately the wood is now being attacked by termites so they could eventually disintegrate.  more »

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