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Minaret of Jam

Listed under Ancient Monuments in Afghanistan.

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This 65 metre high minaret, famed for the delicacy of its bare brick design, to which an intricate design of glazed tiles has been added, is all but overwhelmed by the mountains that surround it. The tiles on it tell a story in calligraphy of Mary, the mother of Jesus, which comes from versus of the Qur’an. The minaret was built between the 11th and 13th Centuries in the same period as about 60 other minarets put up in Central Asia. The group of minarets were built as symbols of Islam’s victory and include the Kutlug Timur Minaret, which is the tallest brick minaret in existence – the Minaret of Jam is the second tallest.

The minaret was lost to the outside world and rediscovered at the end of the 19th Century, but its location is quite remote and it’s frequently cut off from the outside world by fighting in the region. That it was Afghanistan’s first treasure to be awarded World Heritage status is testament to the archaeological importance of the structure.

Written by  World Reviewer Staff.

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“Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam”

'The 65m-tall Minaret of Jam is a graceful, soaring structure, dating back to the 12th century. Covered in elaborate brickwork with a blue tile inscription at the top, it is noteworthy for the quality of its architecture and decoration, which represent … Read more...

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This picture is the Qutub Minar in New Delhi, India not in Afghanistan

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