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The Kalyan minaret: Bukhara Uzbekistan

The Kalyan minaret is a minaret of the Po-i-Kalyan mosque complex in Bukhara, Uzbekistan and one of the most prominent landmarks in the city.

The minaret, designed by Bako, was built by the Qarakhanid ruler Mohammad Arslan Khan in 1127 to summon Muslims to prayer five times a day. An earlier tower collapsed before completion. It is made in the form of a circular-pillar baked brick tower, narrowing upwards. It is 45.6 metres (149.61 ft) high (48 metres including the point), of 9 metres (29.53 ft) diameter at the bottom and 6 metres (19.69 ft) overhead.

The body of the minaret is topped by a rotunda with 16 arched fenestrations, from which the muezzins summoned the Muslims in the city to prayer. There is a brick spiral staircase that twists up inside around the pillar to the rotunda. Once the minaret was believed to have had another round section above the rotunda, but now only the cone-shaped top remains. The tower base has narrow ornamental strings belted across it made of bricks which are placed in both straight or diagonal fashion. The frieze is covered with a blue glaze with inscriptions.

In times of war, warriors used the minaret as a watchtower to lookout for enemies.

About a hundred years after its construction, the tower so impressed Genghis Khan that he ordered it to be spared when all around was destroyed by his men. It is also known as the Tower of Death, because until as recently as the early twentieth century criminals were executed by being thrown from the top. Fitzroy Maclean, who made a surreptitious visit to the city in 1938, says in his memoir Eastern Approaches, "For centuries before 1870, and again in the troubled years between 1917 and 1920, men were cast down to their death from the delicately ornamented gallery which crowns it."
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You are amazingly - and exhaustingly - prolific Mr Shah. I have been to a bunch of places in Sri Lanka, London, Islamabad, and now Uzbekistan. In the last 10 minutes!
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You ..
I am just lucky that I get to travel, some vacation and a lot with work.
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AfricanObserver Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
You make good use of the time.
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zepekegno666 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
your pics are always beautiful....beauty concept of image and nice history talks.........

congratulation 
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InayatShah Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank You
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zepekegno666 Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
thank y too....its pleasure for me look your pics 
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ansdesign Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
A place with a cruel past, At least the  “Great Khan” spared the tower.
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InayatShah Featured By Owner May 25, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
The most important thing, even more important than the great khan sparing the minaret is the fact that the soviets spared it under their rule.  The religious buildings of Uzbekistan were probably the few that were actually spared by the soviets under their rule otherwise such buildings were razed to the ground .. defaced destroyed turned into gambling dens and worse.  
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ausen012 Featured By Owner May 24, 2017
very cool
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InayatShah Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks
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mecengineer Featured By Owner May 23, 2017
amazing
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InayatShah Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you
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megalongers Featured By Owner May 24, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Yes, totaly
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