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Khiva is a mass of interesting old buildings with very few modern intrusions.
I'm not sure what this building was built as. There was no sign of a minaret so presumably not a mosque and it looks too small to be a medressa.
The modern looking windows in the domes suggest that its function has changed. Those stairs on the side appeared to lead nowhere. The entrance is on the right near that tree. A further modern feature is the air conditioning unit on the left with pipes leading up to the top window. My memory vaguely suggests that it was now a showroom of some sort but on Chris's prompting it could well have been a hammam (bath house).
In the WS is another old building with above ground tombs. It was probably part of a madrasa. The above ground tombs are a nod to Zoroastrian burials and common around madrasas. Quite a few buildings had Zoroastrian symbols carved into the walls.

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Additional Photos by Ian Fegent (ifege) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3892 W: 102 N: 11255] (46985)
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