Highlights

UNESCO World Heritage Site

Once a glorious capital of the medieval Khorezmshah Empire, the biggest Muslim empire of the late XII - early XIII cc., Kunya-Urgench was the largest city on the northern branch of the Silk Road. The site displays outstanding monuments of the medieval Khorezm: the XIV c. mausoleum of Turabek Hanum, one of the best living examples of the architecture of its period; minaret of Kutlug Timur, the former highest minaret in Central Asia; mausoleum of Sultan Tekesh, a beautiful XII c. mausoleum with one of the earliest portals of the east and a unique cone of a dome; Kyrk-Mollah mound, the fabled al-Mamun’s Academy of Sciences; and mausoleum of Il-Arslan, a tiny precursor of unique Khorezmian mausoleums with a pyramidally conical dome.