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"Gates to Khiva's Ichan kala" Khiva Things to Do Tip by josephescu

Khiva Things to Do: 116 reviews and 392 photos

  Ota Darvoza (Father Gate)
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  • Ota Darvoza (Father Gate) - Khiva
      Ota Darvoza (Father Gate)
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  • Tash or Stone Darvoza - Khiva
      Tash or Stone Darvoza
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  • Tash or Stone Darvoza - Khiva
      Tash or Stone Darvoza
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  • Khivan gates - Khiva
      Khivan gates
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  • Pavlan Darvoza - Khiva
      Pavlan Darvoza
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Most visitors today enter the city within a city through its western Ota Darvoza (Father Gate), rebuilt 40 years ago after the original was pulled down to open the medieval city to motor traffic.

To the north lie the double-sided guardrooms of the Bakcha Darvoza, where customs duties would be collected from the caravans arriving from Urgench.

To the south are the Tash of Stone Darvoza (1830-1840), whose twin stairwells lead up to a first floor viewing platform.

To the east, Pavlan Darvoza.

These gates would seal the town from dusk to dawn and offer protection to a city plagued by nomadic raids and desert storms

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  • Written Jul 6, 2008
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