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It's a pleasure to stroll now along the quiet lanes of old Khiva (much more safer than during the time of the khanate where the strangers have few chances to survive to the khan's cruelty).
The old city it's enterely preserved and it's a little even aseptic as the everyday's life was squeezed out during the Soviet restorations in the 1970s.
On the background the view is on the stunning Islom Huja minaret.

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Khiva (khē'və, khēvä') , city (1989 pop. 40,001), Uzbekistan, in the Khiva oasis and on the Amu Darya River. The city, in existence by the 6th cent., was the capital of the Khwarazm (Khorezm) kingdom in the 7th and 8th cent. From the late 16th until the early 20th cent., Khiva was the capital of the khanate of the same name (see Khiva, khanate of. The city was a significant trade and handicraft center in the late 18th and early 19th cent. It passed to Russia in 1873. It served as the capital of the Khorezm Soviet People's Republic from 1920 to 1923 and of the Khorezm SSR in 1923 and 1924. The ancient quarter of the city has been set aside to preserve such landmarks as an 18th-century fort, the khan's palace (now a museum), and a 19th-century mausoleum and minaret.

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