Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), Khiva

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Must see · Religious Site · Tourist Spot
Admire archaic Islamic architecture at Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque), a cathedral mosque and part of the World Heritage-protected walled inner town of Khiva. This 18th-century single-hall mosque features a flat roof supported by over 200 carved wooden pillars--a few of which date back to the original 10th-century building and bear ancient Arabic inscriptions in Kufic. Floral-vegetable patterns adorn some of the newer 18th-century columns, complemented by lavish decoration and delicate door carvings. With its 52 m (171 ft) baked-brick minaret intermittently rounded by turquoise tile belts, the mosque remains a landmark of the old city. Before you head to Khiva, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Khiva itinerary planning app, to make sure you see all that Khiva has to offer, including Friday Mosque (Juma Mosque).
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  • The Juma Majid is centuries old. The inside is held up by hundreds of wooded pillars . However most got destroyed in a fire. Only two or three are the original.  more »
  • The Juma mosque is the central mosque of Khiva which used to be the place for congregation in the time that the city was what is today the historical centre. The great thing about the mosque is that.....  more »
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  • Very atmospheric mosque. See if you can tell which pillars are old and which are new. Also interesting is to see that some pillars have wool as a sort of buffer. Access to the minaret seems to be currently closed.
  • Well worth to go inside and get the feel for all the history attached to it

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