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Notes on the Geography of Uzbekistan: Khiva: Kukhna Ark

The Kukhna Ark ("Old Fortress") was built in the 18th and early 19th centuries, but the emirs abandoned it later that century in favor of the Tash Hauli, a new palace on the other side of the city.

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The entrance.

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Just inside the gate: a plaza with a view of the Kalta Minaret.

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The kurnysh-khana or throne room, built between 1804 and 1806 for official receptions.

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Tile ornamentation of the iwan.

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Wall panel.

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Opposite panel.

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One of many unique doors.

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A second.

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A third.

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Around a corner or two: the summer mosque--a deeper iwan, with two rows of earthquake-resistant pillars.

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A modest pulpit for the imam.

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Detail of the mihrab.

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Iwan ceiling.


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