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Great Minaret of the Kalon

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Address: Khodja Nurobobod Street, Bukhara 200100, Uzbekistan

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A beautifully restored piece of work. This imposing minaret towers above surrounding buildings. It is very tastefully decorated and a must to see. It is still as beautiful and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Paulette A
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Glass House Mountains, Australia

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Glass House Mountains, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A beautifully restored piece of work. This imposing minaret towers above surrounding buildings. It is very tastefully decorated and a must to see. It is still as beautiful and amazing to-day as when it was built. It has an amazing history of how and when it was built and its usages. To-day it is just a wondrous sight to behold.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Actually the Minaret is the symbol of ancient and sacred Bukhara! It is an amazing construction. Just imagine that the foundation of it goes 10 metres down! There is a wonderful legend about the construction of this minaret: After the construction of the foundation had been finished, the architect all of a sudden disappeared and no one was ready to... More 

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Londonderry, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No matter how many times one visits, this beautifully restored site site never fails to impress and delight.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

An impressive feat of architecture, towering above the building line. What makes it more interesting is its history, with the tower having played a key part in Bukhara's violent history, as a place of execution with convicted criminals thrown to their deaths from the top. No sign of being able to gain access to climb the tower though.

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Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This wonderful minaret is different from all others in Uzbekistan and maybe one of the oldest (certainly the oldest of such a size - 40 meters). It is located in a large square where you can also see Mir Arab Madrass and Poi Kalyan Mosque which face one another. So visit the whole complex prerably with a guide.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

900 years old and virtually the only structure spared by Genghis Khan when he sacked Bukhara in the 14 Century. Stunningly beautiful, a must see but not (in my opinion) the no #1 attraction in Bukhara.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

Our daughter had studied the minaret in her Islamic art class and was eager to have us see it. We learned that it was one of the few structures spared by Genghis Khan, who destroyed everything else in the city but one other mosque. Probably the minaret was very tall for its time and was correspondingly impressive. The minaret is... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

A very interesting place not least for the architecture. There is a lot to see and quite a bit of information dotted around.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016

This minaret towers over the city. It can be seen from all over the old town, as it is easily the tallest structure in the old part of Bukhara. The detailed brickwork on it is quite impressive. There are 14 distinct bands of brickwork that circle the tower at intervals.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

It was built in 1127, by Arslan Khan. With 47m tall, 14 ornamental beautiful bands, all differents, was the tallest tower in their time in the Central Asia. Still impress!!! It was the only construction spared by Chinggis Khan during the Mongol invasion.

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