Khiva

Khiva

Legend says that the ancient Silk Road oasis of Khiva was founded at the place where Shem, son of Noah, discovered water in the desert, and that the city got its name from Shem’s joyful shout, “Hey va!” at the discovery. Today the living city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, part museum town, part re-creation of life hundreds of years ago. Wander its Old Town, admiring the Tash-Hauli Palace, built in the 19th century for the reigning khan and his four wives; the Dzhuma Mosque with its interior forest of carved wooden pil­lars; and the Kunya Ark, the original residence of the khans, partially destroyed in the Persian invasion of the 18th century.

PUBLISHED: February 5, 2013