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“The Kukhna Ark”
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Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Khiva
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Owner description: Arang-khan began the construction of this citadel complex in 1686, which contains a house for khan, the members of his family and dignitaries.
Kent, United Kingdom
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“The Kukhna Ark”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

The Khans of Khiva had several residences during the time before soviet rule, but the Kukhna Ark, or old fortress, remains the original and has for centuries provided fortified refuge during times of uncertainty. The foundations of the Ark date from the 5th century but most of the complex was added piecemeal in the 19th century by successive khans. Of interest just through the main gate is the lovely blue and white tile work of the summer mosque and to the west of the main courtyard, the throne room, where the khan would grant his public audience. Just outside the main gates lies the most recent city jail, equipped with manacles, flails and a number of pictures to heighten your imagination. Overall, one of the top sights in Khiva and a place not to be missed.

Visited September 2013
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Best lookout and attraction in khiva”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

1. This is the best place inside khiva
2. Don't miss going up the tower. Pay the extra ticket it's worth it
3. I did all khiva without a guide you don't need it just walk around and use your guidebook.

Visited July 2013
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New York City, New York
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“A History Lesson in Adobe Blocks”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

As with so much in Central Asia a strong imagination helps; here it is of value because most of the earliest construction is gone; but what remains is enough to get the creative juices flowing and evoke images of the caravans that came through here on a regular basis and the traders, and merchants and khans and veiled women. Your imagination will take well beyond the curving walls and deep into the pages of the past.

Visited May 2013
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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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“A Beautiful Sight”
Reviewed April 8, 2013

A must-see Silk Road sight, well worth the long journey to get here. It's obviously centrally located and a delight to see up close.

Visited August 2012
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Batken, Kyrgyzstan
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“Very impressive”
Reviewed September 24, 2012

When you look at wonders like this, you have to think... How in the world did they build such an impressive structure way back then??? Very nice restoration job.

Visited September 2012
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