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Photographer's Note

The big green dome on my last photo
from Khiva belongs to the Mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud. It is a place visited by many pilgrims. It is a majestic building with the largest dome in Khiva, covered with blue glazed tiles with sparkling gold-plated tip. The interior covered with the blue tiles is magnificent.

Makhmud Pahlavan was a famous poet and warrior of the XIV century. There are a lot of legends about his strength and courage. One of the legends tells that Pahlavan conquered the Indian ruler, and the latter agreed to reward him with whatever the hero would wish. Then Pahlavan Makhmud said: "Release my countrymen from prison." And when the ruler asked how many people he should release, Pakhlavan told all those who would fit into a cow skin. He cut the skin into thin strips, tied them into one large belt and wrapped all the prisoners with the belt. So Makhmud rescued many people from slavery. After his death Muslim clergy canonized him.

In the mausoleum of Pahlavan Mahmud people pray and drink the holy water.

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Pilgrims and imam.

Also pilgrims want a group photo.




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