Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Itchan Kala, Xiva - UZBEKISTAN - UNESCO #543
Another awesome UNESCO postcard from Uzbekistan, this time showing the Murod-inaki madrassa in Itchan Kala on the Xiva Oasis. This madrassa was built in the early 19th century by Alla-Kulli-Khan, using a traditional architecture - it really lookjs like a palace taken out of 1001 Nights. Thank you very much for this amazing swap Igor - how I wish I could visit your country one day (specially Samarkand). My collection reaches to 187, only 794 more and I'm done. Alla-Kulli-Khan. This postcard took 17 days to arrive!
Itchan Kala is the inner town (protected by brick walls some 10 m high) of the old Khiva oasis, which was the last resting-place of caravans before crossing the desert to Iran. Although few very old monuments still remain, it is a coherent and well-preserved example of the Muslim architecture of Central Asia. There are several outstanding structures such as the Djuma Mosque, the mausoleums and the madrasas of majestic proportions but simple in design.