Uzbekistan - Сelestial Ceramics
Uzbekistan - Сelestial Ceramics


Do Not Miss Out on Khiva

Khiva offers a captivating journey into Uzbekistan’s rich history and culture. Enclosed within the walls of Itchan Kala, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts stunning mosques, palaces and museums, preserving centuries of architectural marvels and tales from its storied past.

Once a vital oasis, both revered by weary travelers and dreaded for its history of ruthless slave trade, Khiva remains overlooked amidst the fame of Bukhara and Samarkand. Bound by deserts, Khiva’s heart lies within the walled fortress of Itchan Kala, housing over 60 cultural treasures.

Khiva stands alongside Bukhara and Samarkand as one of Uzbekistan’s Silk Road treasures. While the latter two are tourist favorites, mainly due to their proximity to Tashkent, Khiva’s historical significance in the ancient trading network remains equally compelling.

After being designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1990, the government relocated residents beyond the fortress walls to safeguard and refurbish the deteriorating monuments. Presently, Itchan Kala stands as a captivating city within a city, meticulously restored to showcase the regional history. During its zenith, Khiva offered respite to travelers despite its notorious history of slave trading. Caravans paused in Khiva after traversing the Kyzylkum desert, replenishing supplies before continuing to Persia. UNESCO recognizes Khiva as a hub of education, science, culture and civilization.

Although many old monuments within the Itchan Kala have been restored, former madrasahs now house craft workshops or souvenir markets. Vendors exude a relaxed demeanor, fostering a serene atmosphere conducive to exploration and serendipitous discoveries.

Enjoy tea at a choyxona and reflect on Khiva’s enduring legacy as a bastion of Silk Road heritage.

Uzbekistan - Сelestial Ceramics
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