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Pakhlavan Mahmud Mausoleum is the holiest site in Khiva and it belongs to the highlights of any city tour. It is named after Pakhlavan Mahmud (1247-1325), a local craftsman making fur hats who was also a talented poet and a  famous wrestler. The local hero was entombed here, at the former place of his workshop but it soon  became a pilgrimage site and several khans decided to be buried here as well. They turned the small mausoleum into a spectacular emerald-green domed shrine.

Published in Khiva

Medressas were to some extent similar to European universities. Both students and their teachers were living together (like in some colleges) and specific scientific subjects were taught in each medressa (like in case of a faculty).

Published in Khiva