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Striking turquoise in Khiva

This is a surprisingly late construction (1908). Its founder, Islam Khoja, was an active... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Adele M
Milan, Italy
A challenging climb

This is not for the faint hearted and a good light, time and patience is needed to take them... read more

Reviewed September 5, 2017
London, UK
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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

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Reviewed September 5, 2017 via mobile

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.

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Reviewed April 20, 2017 via mobile

Nice medrassah, but its nicer from outside than from inside. Inside is a museum, but its not of such importance

Thank JD D
Reviewed November 18, 2016

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

Thank Paulette A
Reviewed October 27, 2016

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

1  Thank styvechale
Reviewed October 16, 2016

This complex comprises a small madrassah and a tall minaret with beautiful blue and white mosaic tiles.

Thank Lilly062
Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

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

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Reviewed May 7, 2016 via mobile

Take at least to days to visit Khiva. It a beutifull restaured open air museum. This Islam Khodja Complex can not be missed.

Thank Ronald B
Reviewed November 27, 2015

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

1  Thank midway42
Reviewed May 2, 2015

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

1  Thank MissNoodle
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