Photographer's Note

Kalyan minaret built in 1127 AD -one of the great sites of medieval Silk Road- is the defining symbols of Sacred Bukhara. Towering over the city at 48m high with a diameter of 10 m, 900 years old and still handsome. On viewing it is easy to see how it impressed Genghis Khan to the extent that he spared it when he went on his mission of destruction of Bukhara in 1220 AD. The detailed brickwork on it is impressive; the complex patterns consists of 14 ornamental beautiful bands of brickwork and all different that circle the tower at intervals. The date of its building, name of the ruler Arslankhan as well as the architect Usto Bako were crafted on the band as seen in this picture.

This architectural masterpiece was of course built to call to prayer, but the outsized tower was also used for a number of not so holy causes. At times of war it provided a look out tower to spot advancing enemies and during peace time, and for hundred of years it has been a beacon to guide travelers and caravans which passed this way. The minaret survived the test of time but was damaged by the Commie Hammer & Sickle during the 1920 civil skirmishes and not repaired until 1924. The minaret was further damaged in 1976 by an earthquake but has since been restored back to it's former glory and is now protected by UNESCO.

Go near this ancient mega-structure and stand at the foot to look up and marvel at the majesty of it
and feel like you are really part of the Silk Road.......

Setting: 18 mm, 1/125 sec, F9, ISO Raw 200, 0744 hrs

Additional pictures:
Workshop1: A zoomed shot from low viewpoint showing detail of the top rotunda

Workshop2: General view of the minaret overlooking the peaceful Bukhara. Standing on the one end of the Poi Kalyan square together with the Mir Al Arab Madrassah, beautiful Kalyan mosque and the Courtyard. Ths is one of the most remarkable monuments in Uzbekistan and the Silk Road

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