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Golden hour in the Po-i-Kalyan mosque complex in Bukhara, Moon near Minaret.
I spent in Bukhara one day and a half, so I had enough time to see many monuments in this wonderful city. In this square, I was several times, in a different light. In the evening light, when the tourists were gone, it was the most beautiful.
Bukhara is quite different than Samarkand. The dominant colour is like sand in the desert.

The Kalyan minaret is a minaret of the Po-i-Kalyan mosque complex and one of the most prominent landmarks in the city.

The minaret was built in 1127 to summon Muslims to prayer five times a day. It is made in the form of a circular-pillar baked brick tower, narrowing upwards. It is 45.6 metres of high and 9 metres diameter at the bottom and 6 metres overhead.

The body of the minaret is topped by a rotunda with 16 arched fenestrations, from which the muezzins summoned the Muslims in the city to prayer. There is a brick spiral staircase that twists up inside around the pillar to the rotunda. The tower base has narrow ornamental strings belted across it made of bricks which are placed in both straight or diagonal fashion. In times of war, warriors used the minaret as a watchtower to lookout for enemies.
It is also known as the Tower of Death, because until as recently as the early twentieth century criminals were executed by being thrown from the top.

I have read somewhere that it is possible to climb it but I couldn't find the entrance anywhere. maybe it is no longer possible.

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The view of minaret upwards

detail of the patterns

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13027 W: 139 N: 33713] (153780)
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