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The far-famed palace of the khans occupies one side of a small square at the extreme end of the main street Crossing the moat, a painted gateway with projecting eaves is passed, and the singular collection of buildings which then meets the eye on every side is no less astonishing than delightful. To the right of a large grass-grown court stands the rambling, disjointed palace, with gaudy walls and highly-decorated trellis-work, festooned with vines, and small lattice-windows looking out upon fragrant gardens; while above all is an octagonal wooden tower, with a Chinese-looking roof. On the left are a number of two-storied buildings, with verandahs supported by ornamented posts, and near them a mausoleum and mosque, with two tall minarets — the mark of royalty. A handsome fountain, shaded by willows, stands opposite the private entrance; behind it the court is enclosed by the walls of an orchard, situated on a rising ground, which is intersected by terraces.

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Sears, Robert. An Illustrated Description of the Russian Empire. New York: Robert Sears, 1855