I was able to salvage the photos from my broken camera. This will be a real hodgepodge, but the first city I riddled with photographs was the little town of Khiva. The town itself is about as old as dirt. Sometime in the 16th century it became the capital of the “Khanate of Khiva” when the old capital, nearby Urgench, was destroyed when the Amu Darya changed its course. It was along the Silk road, of course. In its day it has been sacked and destroyed by Alexander the Great, Ghengis Khan, and Amir Timur, among others. Like the other famous cities in Uzbekistan, this place is preserved and restored. A lot of the construction is from the nineteenth century, in fact. The town’s signature feature is a beautiful unfinished minaret, which was to be the largest in the world, but the fellow building it- the same who built the large caravanserai which is now a hotel- was killed and the construction was halted, never to begin again.
Khiva was also known for its bustling slave trade. In fact, their enslavement of Persians and Russians prompted Russia, in the recent date of 1873, to crack down on human trafficking in Central Asia. Fascinating.
Behold, the pictures!