Monday 9 January 2017

Itchan Kala

This was the first site in Uzbekistan to be inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage list

Islom Hoje Minaret - Itchan Kala
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Ichan Kala (UzbekIchan-Qаl’а) is the walled inner town of the city of KhivaUzbekistan. Since 1990, it has been protected as a World Heritage Site.
The old town retains more than 50 historic monuments and 250 old houses, dating primarily from the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries. Djuma Mosque, for instance, was established in the tenth century and rebuilt from 1788 to 1789, although its celebrated hypostyle hall still retains 112 columns taken from ancient structures.

City Walls
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The most spectacular features of Ichan Kala are its crenellated brick walls and four gates, one at each side of the rectangular fortress. Although the foundations are believed to have been laid in the tenth century, present-day 10-metre-high (33 ft) walls were erected mostly in the late seventeenth century and later repaired. - in: wikipedia

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