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Visiting the Ark citadel

The Ark is part of the historical heart of Khiva and the buildings must be seen with their... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
David S
Very interesting site

It is a living museum, very interesting site, good for photography, must have a guide to get the... read more

Reviewed 29 September 2017
Sydney, Australia
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Arang-khan began the construction of this citadel complex in 1686, which contains a house for khan, the members of his family and dignitaries.
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Khiva, Uzbekistan
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Ark is part of the historical heart of Khiva and the buildings must be seen with their exquisite tiling and wood carving of the pillars. It is also a good place to be at sunset if one climbs up to the viewing platform at...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 29 September 2017

It is a living museum, very interesting site, good for photography, must have a guide to get the historical background. Walking on the wall is recommended in the evening summer time.

Thank tamimolime
Reviewed 22 August 2017

Located within the walls of Khiva's old city, the entrance to this citadel is cheap and surely worth it. If you can, try to visit near to sunset - the views across the old city are incredible as the sun blankets the city in an...More

Thank Brogan J
Reviewed 11 August 2017

The citadel or palace Kunya Ark is visited by minimum 90 percent of travelers coming in Khiva. Even if its harem is now closed the summer mosque, reception hall and the observation tower offer you nice impressions.

Thank Beeckk7888
Reviewed 2 August 2017

The harem is particularly interesting, note the Swastika symbol at the apartment of the Khan's senior wife as a marking of seniority and blessing

Thank דרור ר
Reviewed 16 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful monument with amazing decorations and mosaics. From the roof, the view on the whole city of Khiva is excellent.

Thank NicolasCoat
Reviewed 28 May 2017

beautiful coloured tilework, lots of big courtyards and passageways and just a little imagination can take you right back to the times when westerners would not walk here

Thank stevieblooz
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

Building itself not overly impressive, with mainly its open air mosques with intricate tiling as main draws. However, access to the watch tower (little extra fee payable) provides a great view over the walled city (from next to the west gate providing views on the...More

Thank Joost G
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

One of the best city from Khiva. The inside blue tiled mosque is magnificent! Many locals visit it, so you can have some fun.

Thank JD D
Reviewed 18 November 2016

The old citadel of Khiva has been both well preserved and partly reconstructed. There are wonderful city walls as they would have originally appeared. The streets inside have been well maintained with most historical points of interest on the main north-south and east-west roads. The...More

Thank Paulette A
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1 August 2017|
Response from stevieblooz | Reviewed this property |
did this as part of a tour and I think it was a ticket that covers many sights in the city although if you want to go up to the watchtower there is an extra cost. But really the admission prices to historic monuments in... More