Visitors can't help but note the provincial charm of Kokand. Hard to image that not long ago, it was a bustling metropolis, connecting Western China to Bukhara, attracting scholars from as far Kabul, Delhi, and Peshawar. The khanate, however, fell to Russian armies in 1876 and most of the city did not survive the occupation.
This whimsical palace, however, built in 1871 by the last khan of Kokand, partially remained intact. Like many of Kokand's late 19th century monuments, it is truly experimental - interweaving European and Kokandi motifs, and playing with a dazzling array of colors unique in Turkestan's architectural palette. Now surrounded by a lively park, it is the centerpiece of modern Kokand.
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