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Decoration inside the mausoleum
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Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum

A stunning mausoleum hosting the tomb of Khiva's patron saint.

Poet, philosopher, legendary wrestler, and extraordinarily compassionate man - it is no wonder Pahlavan Mahmud became Khiva’s patron saint. Known for his empathetic generosity, he worked to help the poor and the oppressed with his actions and donations.

Mausoleum seen from outside © Poliorketes / Shutterstock
Mausoleum seen from outside © Poliorketes / Shutterstock

He died in the 1320s, but the Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum was built as a memorial in the 1700s to celebrate his great life and actions after he was made a saint. More than a simple mausoleum, the site is an architectural gem, where shining turquoise tiles decorate the walls of the largest dome of Khiva.

The Persian-style building, with its turquoise dome and stunning courtyard, is a sight to behold! These artistic features make the Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum one of the most beautiful sites you can visit in Khiva.


Pahlavan Mahmud Mausoleum


From 09:00 to 18:00 each day


Included in the Itchan Kala ticket