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This is a surprisingly late construction (1908). Its founder, Islam Khoja, was an active educationalist, introducing several educational reforms, schools and hospitals in this building. Sadly, he was assassinated in 1913, and the madrassa's architect was buried alive as a potential witness to the murder....More
This is not for the faint hearted and a good light, time and patience is needed to take them slowly. But the effort is rewarded when those 120+ steps have been climbed and the views from the top are stunning.
The medrasah is nice and well maintained and it has the tallest and most beautiful minaret in Khiva next to it. The complex was only built around 1910, so for Khiva this is one of the newest buildings, but the minaret has to be seen...More
The minaret is the highest in Khiva. Pay your money (the usual 5000 sum), be warned to be careful, and you are off and up, with no safety helmet, no hi-viz jacket, and no harness. The first section, a wooden staircase outside the minaret is...More
The Islam Khodja complex made of smallest Madrasah and the highest Minaret of Khiva in the form of earlier centuries minarets . The builders wanted a design to surpass the Bukhara Kalyan Minaret.
The height is 57 mts and a diameter of 9.5 mts built...More
Found just adjacent to the Pahlovan Mahmud mausoleum, the Islam Khoda complex was commissioned by the progressive public official of the same name; it consists of a madrassah and a minaret. The former contains a smallish Museum of Applied Arts and the latter is climable...More
Without exaggeration getting to the top is a long hard steep climb! Once inside you are plunged into almost total darkness, although the small windows do shed some light soon after. There are no banisters, so some level of fitness is required. However, once you...More