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Ata Darvaza, Khiva, Uzbekistan. The city of Khiva was surrounded by two walls - Ichan-Kala and Dishan-Kala. There are four gates in Ichan-Kala. Ata-Darvaza is one of them.

Ata Darvaza, Khiva, Uzbekistan. The city of Khiva was surrounded by two walls - Ichan-Kala and Dishan-Kala. There are four gates in Ichan-Kala. Ata-Darvaza is one of them.

Tash-Rabat Caravanserai in Kyrgyzstan. According to one author, this is probably the best-preserved Silk Road site you will find, and “no other retains as much of its original atmosphere."

Tash-Rabat Caravanserai in Kyrgyzstan. According to one author, this is probably the best-preserved Silk Road site you will find, and “no other retains as much of its original atmosphere."

The Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral in Karakol. It is a fine example of a Russian Orthodox Church, which served as a dance hall under the Soviets, and a school during the Second World War. Built on the site of an earlier church, erected in 1876, the current building was constructed between 1890-5. During the construction a yurt served as a church for local population.

The Russian Orthodox Holy Trinity Cathedral in Karakol. It is a fine example of a Russian Orthodox Church, which served as a dance hall under the Soviets, and a school during the Second World War. Built on the site of an earlier church, erected in 1876, the current building was constructed between 1890-5. During the construction a yurt served as a church for local population.

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