"Lost in romantic imagination for a renegade city" Khiva by josephescu

Khiva Travel Guide: 199 reviews and 1,220 photos

Since 1967 Khiva’s status as a museum city has ensured it remains the most homogenous collection of architecture in the Islamic world, deep-frozen, immune to time and lost in romantic imagination. The renegade city of thieves and slave traders was tamed by Soviet rule into a showcase city without a soul. Today however, Khivans are cautiously returning to the Ichan Kala, as if awakening from a bad dream, and traditional building work continues apace. Tourists and wedding parties can appear to outnumber the local families – some 2000 of Khiva’s 40.000 people live inside the Ichan Kala – but in the soft light of dawn and dusk the quiet riot of Central Asian life again murmurs behind backed mud walls.

  • Last visit to Khiva: Nov 2007
  • Intro Updated Jul 6, 2008
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