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Friday Mosque, Khiva
(4.7/5 based on 220 reviews on the web)
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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  • The Friday Mosque is more of a museum these days, but contains a huge collection of wooden pillars, the style of which appears to be unique to the area. The pillars appear to be made from one tree and...  more »
  • going to the inconspicuous door you find yourself in another world. Something similar is in Spain, but the stone pillars. Here wooden, all different. There are exhibit 9 century. Each can be considered a clock.
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  • Not just a mosque but a museum of important examples of elm columns collected from throughout the country and two of which are reputed to date from the time of Alexander the Great.