Khiva as well as other ancient cities has its own legends concerning foundation of the city. For instance there is a legend which says that the city was founded when Shem the son of Noah, found wealth there. However there are also those who argue that the city was formed when a certain aged man being suffered from thirst, saw a well. After shouting “Heyvakh” he formed a city round the well. Anyway, the well still exists and everyone can visit it in the oldest part of the city – Ichan-Kala. Khiva is one of the few cities in the world, where the historical building up has actually been preserved; as a matter of fact it is a whole city in the open air.

Khiva, has a special atmosphere “Era of the beginning of times” – unique, it can`t be transferred via words – you can only feel it.