Djuma Mosque in Khiva
Djuma Mosque in Khiva - Friday Mosque inside Itchan Kala Fortress. The Djuma Mosque was built in the 10th century, and in the 18th century it was rebuilt by Khan Abdurakhman Mehtar. The Djuma Mosque has an unusual architectural design, a courtyard, domes, portals and arches it does not have. The mosque consists of a large hall 55 meters long and 45 meters wide. The ceiling with small holes for light and ventilation of the huge hall is held by 213 wooden columns, 25 of which date from the 10th to the 12th century.
During the construction of the Djuma Mosque, a minaret was erected next to it. The minaret is not the highest, but is one of the earliest in time in Khiva. To the very top of the minaret there are 81 steps, from where you can admire the panorama of the city.