Great Minaret of the Kalon, Bukhara

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Marvel at the mastery of ancient bricklayers at Great Minaret of the Kalon, which dominates the landscape of Bukhara. Built in 1127 by Aslan Khan as a part of Po-i-Kalyan mosque, the carved, baked brick minaret stands 47 m (154 ft) and features 14 ornamental bands, the first use of glazed blue tiles now characteristic of the region. Once the tallest building in Central Asia, this giant mace-looking tower includes an observation deck--a rotunda with 16 carved arched fenestrations and a former execution site--for a great panorama of Bukhara. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Bukhara holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Great Minaret of the Kalon and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • The height of the Minaret, built in year 1127, 48 meters. One of the few structures that survived the invasion of Genghis Khan. Unusual brickwork and versatility have made the strongest impression. In ancient times served as a beacon for caravans and more. Calls to climb the minaret from other tourists absolutely misplaced, because the prohibition on the rise about 5 years.
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  • The minaret is worth the climb up if you have the time and lungs for it. Gives a great view of the old city of Bukhara. I also used it as reference point to help navigate back to hotel  more »
  • Perhaps this is the heart of Bukhara is its lighthouse (artery) is the amazing story of the erection of the monumental minarets preserved to our days and our eye pleasing not only outside, but if you have time and you're not afraid of heights, it's worth the climb to the top and admire the Bukhara and constituency over the top.
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  • Carl Ron (huge) is referred to as the high minarets in Central Asia home. 1127 Kara Arslan Khan built a dynasty. The color of the roof. Is your favorite color religiously ...
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