François and Gilles at the discovery of Khiva

In northwestern Uzbekistan, François Médalle and Gilles Coural visit the town of Khiva and marvel at the discovery of its riches: its Medersa, its museum, its numerous mosques open to all that attest to a tolerant Islam, its minarets… It is a city surprisingly very ornate, thanks to irrigation with water from the Amu Darya. This river that once fueled the Aral Sea is today an overexploited resource for the cultivation of cotton, the consequence is the drying out of the Aral Sea.