Islam-Khodja ensemble



Islam-Khodja was the first vizier of Khiva khanate at Muhammad Rahim-khan II (1863-1910) and his son Asfendiyar-khan (1910-1920). He financed construction of ginnery, hospital, pharmacy, post and telegraph office and secular school in Khiva. In 1908-1910 Islam-Khodja built the smallest in Khiva madrassah and the highest minaret imitating ancient minarets of the 11th - 12th centuries. The top platform at height of 45 m is the highest observation point in Khiva.

Horizontal belts of dark blue, white blue and green glazed mosaic decorate the minaret. Its skylight has a stalactite cornice and ceramic lattices - pandjara. The small courtyard of the madrassah has forty two hudjras. D?cor of the main fa?ade formed a good background for the minaret: blue and white majolica, tympanis and glazed ornament. The mosque occupies the southeastern sector of madrassah. Its low heavy dome balances a vertical of the minaret. Majolica and carved Ganch decorate Mihrab niche of the mosque.

Madrasah Atazhanbay

Trading house and pavilion Palvan-kari

Madrasah Matpanabay

Mazari Sharif Madrasah

Madrasah Talib Makhdum

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