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Khiva is a city of approximately 50,000 people located in Xorazm Province, Uzbekistan. It was an important city along the fabled Silk Route or Silk Road.

Itchan Kala or Inner City in Khiva was the first site in Uzbekistan to be inscribed in the World Heritage List (1991).

In the centre of Itchan Kala, with the deep green dome is the Mausoleum of Pahlavon Mahmud, who was a poet, philosopher and legendary wrestler and became Khiva’s patron saint. His 1326 tomb was rebuilt in the 19th century and then requisitioned in 1913 by the khan of the day as the family mausoleum. Adjacent to it is the Khiva Silk carpet workshop opened in Qqozi Kalon Madrassah in 2001 as a joint project between Operation Mercy and UNESCO. It currently employs around 55 people in a town where unemployment is very high.

The Mausoleum and the Madrassah is flanked by the Islam Khoja Minaret on the right and the minaret of the Djuma-Mosque on the left

An elderly Uzbek lady waits in the shade

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