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Travels on the Silk Road:
*This is the workshop version of Andreas!*
Khiva is an ancient river oasis in a former bed of the Amu Darya, the river that feeds the Aral lake. It was, together with Köne Urgench an important stopover for courageous caravans coming from Russia and going to Merv or Bukhara to link up with the Silk Road. The oldest mosque that remains here today is Juma mosque, dating back to the 10th century (detailed descriptions by Arab geographers of that time) but much remodelled since. The wooden colums depicted here have their dates ( Islamic calender) engraved: transformation gives 1316 AD; 1517; 1788 and so on. The building plan is unique because of the openings in the ceiling; the Islamic architectural style is proper to the Chorasm region but influenced by Bukhara (the carved poplar colums with a stone base).

Here I have to admit that in order to visit Khiva we sheepishly abandoned our bicycles in Tashkent and took an airplane . Not so a former visitor: Robert L. Jefferson rode in 1899 by bicycle from London to Khiva! As he writes in his report in Wide World Magazine Vol. 2 (1899. "How I was buried alive"), he was met in Khiva with uncontrollable laughter.

The slide was scanned, the pic contrasted and sharpened. Enjoy!

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