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Kalta Minor, Khiva
(4.9/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Stop by and admire Kalta Minor, a short minaret intricately decorated with glazed tiles, and a landmark of Khiva. The tower's unusual barrel-like shape is due to the premature death of its builder, Mohammed Amin Khan, in 1855, leaving the minaret at 29 m (95 ft) in height, whereas he has envisioned it three times as tall. Take some memorable shots of the iconic tower and its exquisite, detailed tilework in vivid shades of blue and green. Use our Khiva itinerary planner to add Kalta Minor and other attractions to your Khiva vacation plans.
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  • very decent Hotel according to the standards of the country. Nice garden with swimming pool. The staff is friendly. More hotel is located in the heart of a historic site, and the city of Khiva is superb. The hotel it is very quickly at the foot of ramparts. We get "lost" in its typical streets among colourful stalls and stressless.
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  • Kalta minor is called the "short minaret", because the diameter of about 14 m suggests that a higher minaret was planned here. The tower is 28 metres high, has but stocky and shines in the colours turquoise green.
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  • All Khiva is wonderful and Kalta minor is one of its peaks. It was intended to be the tallest minaret in the world (about 80 meters high) but the legend says that when they reached 26 meters the vizir...  more »
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  • It is said that khan wanted the tallest minaret in the world and ordered to kill the architect so that he could not build such minaret in other places. However, when the architect found out that he ran away and the minaret was not finished. Now it is called "Kalta Minor" or "Short Minaret".
  • The anecdote behind this minor is also really interesting.
  • A must see in Khiva.
  • masha Allah
  • One of highlights in Khiva.