Mausoleum of Makhmud Pakhlavan
Mausoleum of Makhmud Pakhlavan in Khiva
Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum - one of the best buildings of Khiva architecture of the mid XIX century. Pahlavan Mahmud was a local poet, hero and invincible power, and also had the ability to heal people. Originally, the mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud was very simple to become a popular place for pilgrimage. In 1810, by order of Muhammad Rahimkhan, the Mausoleum was rebuilt according to modern times.
Legend has it that he helped the Indian ruler and to reward him he asked what he wanted as a gift. He asked to release his fellow nationals in prison as many as could contain a cow's skin. This was accepted, but he cut it into thin pieces so as to obtain a very long belt that saved a large number.
The room is Persian style with a turquoise dome that holds the tomb of the khan Mohammed Rakhim. In another room there is the tomb of Pahlavon Mahmud decorated with tiling. Outside there are graves of other khans.
The mausoleum also includes a madrasa and a minaret with elegant tiling.