Minaret of Jam
Stare up in wonder at the extraordinary craftsmanship and superb artistic detail of the Minaret of Jam in remote Ghor Province, Afghanistan. The 65 meter (~ 213 ft) high minaret was built in the 1190s is considered one the finest examples of Islamic architecture and also the second tallest minaret in the world. Made of intricate brickwork, stucco and turquoise ceramic tiles, Kufic calligraphy etched in stucco contains verses of the Qur'an. There are several balconies along the shaft of the minaret and a large lantern at the top. Forgotten for centuries by the outside world, it was rediscovered in the late 19th century by Sir Thomas Holdich. The reason for the creation of the tower still remains a mystery after centuries, but some regard it as a Victory Tower. The minaret is a World Heritage Site; but it faces many challenges to its survival, including soil erosion and general indifference by locals. While it still stands tall and resplendent, it is a sight to behold for all intrepid PlanetHoppers! who can make the journey to see this national treasure.
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- Location: Jam, Afghanistan