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Nobody seems to know exactly how old this ancient city is, though the story goes that Khiva was founded by none other than Shem, the son of Noah (of “and the Ark” fame); at the very least, the city dates back to the 7th century, and probably much earlier. Despite its seemingly romantic history as a Silk Road oasis, the city became most notable as Central Asia’s biggest slave trade center.

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Additional Photos by Marcin Krakowiak (krakus) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 35 W: 59 N: 61] (1581)
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