Minarets on a Movie Set

Khiva, Uzbekistan, on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

Khiva, once known as a brutal slave trading post on the ancient Silk Road, is now a showcase city on today’s Silk Road tourism trail. Its monuments are very well-preserved, so much that it feels like being on a movie set for a period piece. This man wearing a traditional fur hat in front of the Kalta Minor Minaret could be an extra if it was.


At 187 feet tall, the Islom-Hoja Minaret is Uzbekistan’s tallest. There are dozens of stairs to climb to get to the top, due to it’s very long shaft. #thatswhatshesaid

Views from the top of Uzbekistan’s tallest minaret at the Islom-Hoja Madrasah.

The colorful and iconic Kalta Minor Minaret was never completed after its construction began in 1851 — because the khan who ordered it died four years later, and no one bothered to finish the job. That’s unfortunate because it was slated to be the tallest minaret in all the land. Nowadays, it can just be admired for its girth. #thatswhatshesaid

A family poses next to Katya the camel, sadly chained up by the Mohammed Rakhim Khan Madrasah for photo ops.


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This dispatch is one of over 70 travel dispatches from the trip grouped and titled, "The Global Trip: 'Stan By Me." It's an archived compilation of Instagram and Facebook posts which chronicled a trip through three countries in Central Asia: Kazakstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

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