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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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  • 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. 
  • Ineffable experience... It is a forced stop of any visit to Khiva. Walk between the columns carved with individualized designs is like getting lost in a magical forest. It is of the few mosques that we visited in Uzbekistan where the attention is focused on the patio of prayer and not on the quibla.
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  • A little different as mosques go: a huge internal space, where the roof is supported by lots (accounts vary how many) of wooden pillars, some of great age, and some quite modern (no two alike, though ...  more »