Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum

Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum

Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum
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This mausoleum is of the 14th-century poet and sage Pakhlavan Makhmud, who was proclaimed a Muslim saint since he belonged to the Kungrad Dynasty.
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  • Anuradha
    New Delhi, India327 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Intricate decorations of blue tiles
    One of the most beautiful sites in Khiva, very intricately decorated with blue tiles. I could get a chance to hear the prayer which was soul touching. Blue dome is visible from each side in the Historic city Itchan Kala. Khiva has retained the old world charm, is very less commercialised compared to other cities. A must visit place.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written May 28, 2023
  • Frances B
    Yorkshire, United Kingdom918 contributions
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    Wonderful and very beautiful. Not to be missed.
    The Pakhlaven Mahmud Necropolis is a must see when visiting Itchan Kala (Ichan-Qala) in Khiva. The building is easily identified through its magnificent turquoise dome. As you enter there is a small fee, as the ticket price is not included in the Itchan Kala ticket price. It is definitely worth paying this small fee. Ladies are requested to cover their hair and in order to assist with this request, there is a stand of scarves to choose from and borrow. There is a small courtyard area and this is where I learned about Pakhlaven Mahmud. He was alive from 1247 to 1326 and was a poet, philosopher, wrestler and furrier. He was also a healer. Upon his death and according to tradition he was buried in his own workshop. His grave then became the site of a cemetery and where the gates were to this cemetery, is now the main doors into the necropolis. In the 18th century it became Pakhlavens tomb and further buildings were added. Pakhlaven is the patron of Khiva and this is considered to be one of Khiva holiest sites. It is beautiful. As I entered the mausoleum, I was struck by its peace and beauty. Prayers were being said and although I didn’t understand what was being said, I felt compelled to sit with others and listen. Once the prayers were concluded I was able to wander the different rooms, where there are a number of tombs. It is amazing place and knowing it holds such religious significance, made it feel a privilege for me to be there.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written December 11, 2023
  • Helenjen
    Brisbane, Australia849 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning, not to be missed!
    Wandering around the amazing Itchan Kala, it would be too easy to miss this stunning mausoleum. We were so pleased we had our guide Umida from Islambek Travel, who explained all the history about this amazing building and its occupants. There is a small additional fee as its not included in the VIP Ticket....worth every som! There were a couple who had just been married and were here to get their blessings in this stunning, sacred place.
    Visited November 2023
    Written February 22, 2024
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Helenjen
Brisbane, Australia849 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023
Wandering around the amazing Itchan Kala, it would be too easy to miss this stunning mausoleum. We were so pleased we had our guide Umida from Islambek Travel, who explained all the history about this amazing building and its occupants. There is a small additional fee as its not included in the VIP Ticket....worth every som! There were a couple who had just been married and were here to get their blessings in this stunning, sacred place.
Written February 22, 2024
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Anuradha
New Delhi, India327 contributions
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May 2023 • Family
One of the most beautiful sites in Khiva, very intricately decorated with blue tiles. I could get a chance to hear the prayer which was soul touching. Blue dome is visible from each side in the Historic city Itchan Kala. Khiva has retained the old world charm, is very less commercialised compared to other cities. A must visit place.
Written May 28, 2023
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,868 contributions
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Apr 2023 • Friends
One of the most beautiful mausoleums we saw in our trip to Uzbekistan and the finest in Khiva.
It's in the heart of the old town and a must see if you are in the city.
It has a huge dome, you can't miss it. The inside is so unbelievably intricate with bestiful blue tiles and designs.
All of the alcoves with tombs are just incredibly decorated.
It's the holiest site in town so moderate dress is essential
Written May 8, 2023
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navyfenton
Melbourne, Australia264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Friends
Built in the Persian style this mausoleum is well worth paying the extra to enter.
It is dedicated to 3 famous men built From the 14c to the 16th c refurbished in later centuries. Beautiful tile work . a little difficult to get good photos as so small.
I do get somewhat annoyed when entering these buildings you have to pay extra to use the toilet and take photos.
Written November 4, 2014
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kiransfootprints
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India304 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The story of the wrestler is as interesting as his mausoleum. Well restored and beautiful, it also has a shaded alcove where visitors can rest a while before continuing through Itchan Kala.
Written October 27, 2019
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Andrew M
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Jul 2019
The Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum was not one of the sites which we planned to visit whilst in Khiva. We had heard that it was always crowded and took a bit of time to view due to prayer rituals, etc. On walking south of the Juma mosque on Islom Khoja Street, we saw blue domes shining to our right. After spending two days in Bukhara and seeing blue domes regularly in the old city, it was a surprise to see one here. This is a great photo op to get the blue domes clearly with muslim graves of elite Khivans in the foreground. This cemetery is located here, as those who could afford it, wished to be buried near the mausoleum of the Khans and the local hero, Pakhlavan.

Out of curiosity we walked towards the mausoleum and took a few photos of the high portal, and the entrance area which had a display of a beautifully carved wooden doors, which was done in 1894. We stuck to our plan and rushed off to catch the trolleybus to Urgench, instead of entering the mausoleum. If you have time, this is a very interesting complex, as it not only includes the tomb of Puria-ye-Wali as locals know him, but also Abulgazi-khan (1603-1664), Seybanid Anush-khan (1645-1681), Mohammad Rahim Khan (1775-1825), Alla Kuli Khan (1793-1842) and Asfandiyar Khan (1871-1918).

The mausoleum is older than most structures in the city. Pakhlavan lived between 1247-1326. The tomb complex was luxuriously expanded in 1816, and claimed by the Royal family as their resting place in 1913. We thought that these narrow lanes with many craft sellers offered the best photographs in the old town.
Written October 19, 2019
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842rr
New Delhi, India42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018
This mausoleum is one of the gems of Khiva. The blue is everywhere, but here the crypt seems swathed in blue tiles from top to bottom... Unmissable-
Written August 7, 2019
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Clare S
Edinburgh, UK139 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
The building is imposing on the outside and a haven of peace and reflection inside. When I was there, a man (possibly something like an imam?) was reciting prayers/songs, which echoed back off the domed ceilings in the most amazing way. It was such a beautiful, spiritual atmosphere. It's not included as part of the main ticket, but for only
Written May 15, 2019
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aka_Pushkin
306 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Solo
...and seemingly it is not the original one either.

Regardless, it looks stunning. Both from the inside and the outside. Obviously, not included in the combined ticket, because why would they - the walking moneybags will pay anyway.

It has a religious significance, so expect people praying (although, if I understand correctly, Pakhlavan Makhmoud wasn't actually doing anything particularly holy). I would suppose a modest outfit would be advisable, although I didn't see anyone being too strict there.
Written September 21, 2018
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Kawana Travellers
Kawana Island, Australia2,343 contributions
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May 2018 • Couples
The Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum is a must-see in Khiva.
The tiling is absolutely magnificent, wonderful for keen photographers.
There is a small and beautifully tiled tomb inside.
Written May 18, 2018
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