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Destination: Uzbekistan
Last updated: 09 Jan 2017

Kalyan Minaret, Bukhara, Uzbekistan



Kalyan Minaret (Great Minaret) is the main symbol of sacred Bukhara. The minaret was used not only for calling Muslims to pray, but also symbolized authority and power of spiritual governors. The central ensemble of Bukhara - Poi-Kalyan - literally 'Foot of the Great' was built around the minaret. Kalyan is a round tower, 9 meters in diameter at the foot and 6 meters at the top.

Great Tower of Kalyan in Bukhara
Great Tower of Kalyan in Bukhara


One can get into the minaret through a passage from the roof of the cathedral mosque. Inside the tower there is a spiral staircase with 104 steps. The minaret is 45.6 meters high. The cornice has an inscription testifying to the date of construction - 1127, and the architect's name - Bako.
View from bottom
View from bottom


Tourists near Kalyan Tower
Tourists near Kalyan Tower


Tourists and photographers on top
Tourists and photographers on top


Arabic writings on the Tower
Arabic writings on the Tower
Ancient Bukhara
Ark Fortress
Art gallery, sale exhibition of the Bukhara Gold Embroidery Factory
Baha Ad-Din Naqshband Necropolis
Bolo-Hauz Mosque
Bukhara city
Chashma-Ayub
Chor Bakr Complex
Chor Minor
Fayzabad and Zainuddin
Gijduvani Memorial Complex
Kalyan Mosque
Khanaka and Madrasah of Nadir Divan-Beghi
Kosh-Madrasah
Kukeldash Madrasah
Lyabi-Hauz Complex
Madrasah of Abdulaziz Khan
Magoki-Attari Mosque
Mausoleum of Sheikh Boharzi
Mausoleum of the Samanids
Miri-Arab Madrasah
Namazga Mosque
Sitorai-Mohi-Hosa
Trading Domes
Ulugbek Madrasah
Vabkent Minaret
Zindan (Prison)