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Kunya-Ark Fortress


Among the many historical attractions of the inner city of Khiva - Ichan-kala, the residence of the Khiva khans – the Kunya-Ark Fortress, erected at the end of the XVII century, deserves special attention.

Upon completion of the citadel's construction in 1688, Kunya-Ark turned out to be a kind of "fortress within a fortress", separated from Ichan-kala by a high clay wall. Winter and summer mosques, reception hall, women's quarters (harem), mint, stables, workshops, living rooms, etc. were located here.

Military parades and training battles took place on the fortress square, there was also a prison (zindan) with a place for the execution of sentences. At the beginning of the XIX century, the citadel was restored. 


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