Stone Palace (Tash Khauli)

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This 19th-century palace was the residence of the ruler of Khiva, Allah Kuli Khan.
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Ramadama
New Providence, NJ2,172 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This was palace of the Emir of Khiva which served as living quarters for his harem of 4 wives and concubines. The walls have beautiful blue tile designs and there are porches with beautiful painted wooden beams. The palace had hidden hallways for the Shah to be able to visit various women privately. We saw one of these hallways and door from the atrium.
Written October 7, 2021
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,558 contributions
Oct 2019 • Couples
This palace is the harem of the Emir of Khiva. While it is plain from the outside, within it boasts one of the most vibrant courtyards in Khiva, with extraordinary panels of tiling on all the walls. If you like the colour blue, this is the place for you as every shade from cerulean to deepest indigo is featured. The wooden ceilings are equally noteworthy, with brightly colored designs. Overall, the state of conservation is very high. Note, however, that the attraction is the architecture itself. The few exhibits on display are minor at best.
Written October 29, 2019
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Pascale O
Paris, France152 contributions
Aug 2019
Tach Khaouli Palace is an impressive place to visit as a woman. Think that it was Alladouli Khan Harem....
Written September 8, 2019
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JP1946
London, UK158 contributions
Apr 2016 • Solo
This was where the harem of the old Khanate of Khiva resided in former days. I was particularly impressed with the intricate mosaic tile-work and beautiful patterns, all highly intricate and detailed, in lovely shades of blue and turquoise. Particularly impressive, for those prepared to look upwards (far too many people are simply stunned by what they can see at eye-level to do this) is the wonderfully carved and coloured ceilings of each doorway - each one different from the next. Memorable!.....
Written April 27, 2016
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chrisconway201
Chelmsford, UK23 contributions
Sep 2019
One of the most fascinating places within the old city of Khiva where it's easy to imagine what life was like in the days of the Khans.The Tash Khauli palace was commissioned by Allah Kuli Khan as part of an ambitious building project which included a caravanserai and madrassah
Written November 11, 2019
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,204 contributions
Oct 2019
Entrance is covered when you buy a ticket. We bought the VIP ticket for 150000 som. There are a couple of rooms with beautiful blue tile.

There is also a yurt on display in the courtyard of one of the rooms.

This palace is where the Khan used to live with his wives and concubines. There are a lot of smaller rooms you can go into and explore.
Written October 29, 2019
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Alex W
Singapore, Singapore1,451 contributions
Oct 2019
This is a later of two palaces in the walled city Ichan Qala (the other being Kunya-ark).

The harem part of the palace is the highlight. On one side of a long courtyard for women: four large verandahs for the four official wives. Presumably their private quarters would be the rooms behind the respective verandahs. On the opposite side are several balconies for the 41 concubines (they have to share since there aren’t 41 balconies). Apparently custom dictated that the emir or khan has to take 41 concubines. Breathtaking tilework all around and intricate designs on the ceilings.

They look original but in very good condition; unlike in many other places, the restorer has not (yet) come around to "brighten" things up.

The rest of the building is a warren of corridors, mostly left bare, so it’s hard to know what was what. Many rooms are locked.

Here and there it opens up to a courtyard, in one of which is erected a yurt on a circular stone platform – harking back to the rulers' nomadic origins.

The last courtyard before the exit also has an ornate 1870s Russian-built carriage given as a gift by the Tsar – the last honour received by a hereditary line of emirs before modernity totally swept it away.

Admission is included in the overall admission ticket to Ichan Qala.
Written October 25, 2019
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Andrew M
7,160 contributions
Jul 2019
We visited the palace whilst walking in the eastern section of the old city. The northern entrance to the Palace museum is located in an alley between the Caravanserai and the Palace itself. Look out for the corner guldastas (columns) of the palace walls, which have protruding sticks which are meant to prevent bad luck. A doorway with a lamp above it, and a white border around the door, is the entrance to the museum. Above the door is the name of the palace and date of construction (1832-1838). To the right, a plaque states "museum of handicrafts". This museum is included in your entrance ticket, and attendants will check the ticket as you walk through the turnstiles.

The rectangular shaped courtyard of the Harem is the first sight. The two story buildings on either side have beautiful blue tile designs, although a few tiles were missing. On each side of the courtyard, there are display rooms. Exhibits include furniture of that era and a small display area. Pay close attention to the decorations on the wooden ceiling, and sculpted wooden columns. Most of the displays were behind glass and not really impressive.

We were in and out in 15 minutes and quite disappointed by the quality of the displays but glad to have viewed the harem section. It was after leaving Khiva that we realised we missed a second display area in the southern wing, "Arzkhon", which housed a museum of "Khorezm mastery", and was more highly rated. We were impressed with the architecture of the palace, and thought it worth a visit. This 163 room palace was used as the main residence of the Khan between1838-1880's when Mohammed Rakhim Khan II returned to the Kunya Ark.

Other nearby attractions include, to the east of the palace, The Allu Killi Khan complex of Caravanserai, Tim Bazaar and Madrasah. To the west, the Uch Aviliyo Bobo Mausoleum, Dost Alyam Madrasah and Mohammed Amin Inak Madrassah. To the south, is the Khojamberdibai Madrassah, which houses the "Khorezm Fine Arts" museum.
Written October 21, 2019
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TheTravelPirate
Rochester, NY825 contributions
Oct 2017 • Friends
We had a good visit to the palace. Most of the time was spent in the harem area. Visiting where the Khan had his private chamber and the courtyard and small rooms where the ladies of the harem lived was very interesting.
Written November 18, 2017
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Centasia
Khiva, Uzbekistan205 contributions
Aug 2017 • Business
The harem, the receptions hall and the judgement hall are three parts of the palace tash khovli. The labyrynth style construction of the palace and the colors of its Harem guaranty a wonderful visit. Recommended.
Written August 11, 2017
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