Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum

Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum

Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum
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This mausoleum is of the 14th-century poet and sage Pakhlavan Makhmud, who was proclaimed a Muslim saint since he belonged to the Kungrad Dynasty.
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Anuradha
New Delhi, India297 contributions
May 2023 • Family
One of the most beautiful sites in Khiva, very intricately decorated with blue tiles. I could get a chance to hear the prayer which was soul touching. Blue dome is visible from each side in the Historic city Itchan Kala. Khiva has retained the old world charm, is very less commercialised compared to other cities. A must visit place.
Written 28 May 2023
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,858 contributions
Apr 2023 • Friends
One of the most beautiful mausoleums we saw in our trip to Uzbekistan and the finest in Khiva.
It's in the heart of the old town and a must see if you are in the city.
It has a huge dome, you can't miss it. The inside is so unbelievably intricate with bestiful blue tiles and designs.
All of the alcoves with tombs are just incredibly decorated.
It's the holiest site in town so moderate dress is essential
Written 8 May 2023
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Beatriz M
Düsseldorf, Germany5,710 contributions
Dec 2022
Really beautiful place, a must visit if you are in Khiva. The price of entrance is not included in the ticket for Old Town so you have to pay extra but it is worth it because the interior is really beautiful, all in blue and with the chandelier. We witnessed many couples going there for their wedding to receive blessings. It can be a really interesting experience. The building itself is not big and you can see everything in 5 minutes but still, it is very impressive.
Written 3 January 2023
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Brun066
Florence, Italy12,232 contributions
Jun 2022
Pahlavon Mahmoud (1247-1326) is a venerated figure of poet, author of famous "rubayat" (tercets) written in the Persian-Tajik language (many of them are transcribed on the walls of the mausoleum); and at the same time such a brave wrestler that – it is said – during his fights he never touched the ground with his back. He is also the patron of furriers and tailors, having also practiced these trades.
But the episode for which - according to his biographers - he was most well liked by the people of Khiva and the whole of Khorezm occurred during his long stay in India. Having fought valiantly alongside the local king, Ray Ropoy, he asked and obtained as a reward for his services that all his Khorezmian compatriots, who had been detained in India for many years, be released and repatriated. It is therefore understandable how he actually became the patron saint of the Khiva khanate (also officially from the beginning of the 19th century) and his tomb has always been a destination for pilgrimages.
Soon after his death, his compatriots built a mausoleum in his honor. This was then substantially refurbished between 1810 and 1825, under the reign of khan Mohammad Rahim I, in the forms in which we more or less see it now: a spacious domed chamber crowned with a Timurid-style blue dome (the only one of its kind in Khiva). Mahmud's cenotaph was placed within a brilliantly decorated side chamber to the west, fronted by a small worship hall. As for the Khan, he reserved a niche on the north wall for his own mausoleum, ensuring that visitors first set eyes upon his own tomb.
Mohammad Rahim Khan's practice of allowing here his own tomb was quickly imitated by later rulers of the dynasty, who added several annexes for their own funerary chambers, transforming the original burial site of a saint into a huge dynastic tomb.
The commitment of the khans from the 19th century onwards to make this place a royal burial site implies that, with its triumph of multicolored tiles, the splendor of the decoration of this mausoleum has in my opinion its equal in Uzbekistan, except in the mausoleums of Shah-i-Zinda in Samarkand.
Written 23 November 2022
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia6,458 contributions
Oct 2022
Strange story about a 13th century Iranian wrestler/poet who was buried here and was subsequently adopted as a Sufi Saint by the Khan in the 19th century ; he obviously used this pilgrimage site to enhance his personal stature and built the current mausoleum as a Sufi Lodge. It stands out in Khiva with its unique huge blue dome ; and inside is a feast for the eyes. The wrestlers cenotaph is in a a separate niche and later Khans also have their resting place. During our visit a prayer was being sung, echoing and bouncing off the walls . . . a wonderful experience.
Written 10 November 2022
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Kathryn C
Dunstable, UK404 contributions
Sep 2022
Understated exterior topped by its turquoise dome hides an exquisite interior of blue, white and gold tiles decorating alcoves that house the tombs of the great man and his family.
Written 31 October 2022
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Ramadama
New Providence, NJ2,262 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
This site is not to be missed. The walls and ceilings are spectacular. This was a real highlight in the city. I waited for the people to exit the space to take wonderful photos.
Written 7 October 2021
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Vukojebinje
London, UK445 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
I’d say that this is very much a must-see place in Khiva. From the outside, the mosque is beautiful enough (particularly with its green dome). It’s inside, however, that this site is particularly interesting. Stepping inside the mosque you get a real sense of reverence, and it’s fascinating to be able to see the series of tombs inside and to sit a moment beneath the main dome in contemplation. You have to pay extra to enter the mausoleum even if you have the pass that allows you to access all of the attractions in Khiva, but I’d certainly say it’s worth it.
Written 8 December 2019
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chrisconway201
Chelmsford, UK24 contributions
Sep 2019
Exquisitely decorated Mausoleum and Pahlavan Mahmud is buried behind a screen inlaid with ivory and local folk motifs decorating his eternal chamber. There are four other mausoleums in the same complex. Worth a visit.
Written 11 November 2019
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PandaHouston
Houston, TX6,233 contributions
Oct 2019
Entrance to the Pakhlavan Makhmud Mausoleum is not included in the ticket price. You will need to pay 10000 som for entry but it is definitely worth it. The inside area is not very big but it is covered in beautiful blue tile with a gorgeous chandelier. Also, to enter, you must remove your shoes. The floor is very clean.

They have seats for you to sit to take in the room.
Written 29 October 2019
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