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Khan Palace Tash-Hauli, a harem for wives and concubines in Uzbekistan
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Tash Hauli Palace

A complex palace with an architecture typical of Khiva.

Tash Hauli Palace was built in the 19th century, for an Emir with disproportionate ambitions and desires. The Emir wanted his palace to be built in less than three years, the most renowned architects of their time were executed for telling him it would not be possible. Yet, they were right: Tash Hauli Palace required thousands of slaves and eight years of construction.

Nowadays, Tash Hauli Palace stands as an impressive colored building with walls, towers and fortified gates that give the palace a fortress look. This architecture is largely inspired by the traditional houses and villas of the Khorezm region. The palace is considered a late construction, not even built two hundred years ago, but is representative of Khiva architectural style.

The intricate details at Tash Hauli Palace © Poliorketes / Shutterstock
The intricate details at Tash Hauli Palace © Poliorketes / Shutterstock

Colored tiles are omnipresent and are the work of Abdullah, a renowned tile decorator who was even nicknamed “Genius”. This can easily be understood when you stand in front of the stunning blue, white and golden tiles that create complex arabesques on the palace’s walls. The Genius Abdullah is the one who decorated all the palace’s courtyards and thanks to the wealth and power of the Khan who reigned during the 19th century, Allakuli-Khan, decorations were abundant as a way to show-off.


Tash Hauli Palace


From 09:00 to 18:00 each day


Included in the Itchan Kala ticket