Afghanistan: Minaret of Jam

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Rising
above a deep river valley in Afghanistan’s Ghur province, this 213-foot,
12th-century minaret is covered in elaborate brickwork and geometric relief
patterns and topped with shimmering blue tile inscribed in kufic. Remarkable
for its innovative structural engineering and artistic flourishes—plus its
influence on subsequent Islamic architecture—the minaret is thought to mark the
site of the ancient imperial city of Firuzkuh. The remains of castles and
towers, as well as stones with Hebrew inscriptions, have been found nearby. No reconstruction
or major restoration work has been done in 800 years, but the minaret still
stands. —Sandra Ramani

World's Most Endangered Sites

Afghanistan: Minaret of Jam

Rising
above a deep river valley in Afghanistan’s Ghur province, this 213-foot,
12th-century minaret is covered in elaborate brickwork and geometric relief
patterns and topped with shimmering blue tile inscribed in kufic. Remarkable
for its innovative structural engineering and artistic flourishes—plus its
influence on subsequent Islamic architecture—the minaret is thought to mark the
site of the ancient imperial city of Firuzkuh. The remains of castles and
towers, as well as stones with Hebrew inscriptions, have been found nearby. No reconstruction
or major restoration work has been done in 800 years, but the minaret still
stands. —Sandra Ramani

Julija Diomina [1] [1] http://www.julija.livejournal.com

World's Most Endangered Sites

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