The 47 m(155 feet) tall Kalon Minaret along with the Kalon Mosque and Mir-i-Arab madrassah, form the Poi Kalon Complex, the heart of Bukharan heritage.
The minaret is smaller than what we had initially imagined in our mnd, and certainly doesn't look 900 years old. It almost looks quite new and therefore I have to say that it has been restored too very well.
‘Kalon’ means ‘great’ in Tajik language, and the Minaret’s deep foundations (including reeds stacked underneath in an early form of earthquake-proofing), helped it stand for almost nine centuries now. The minaret was damaged by artillery in the 20th century on more than one occasion, but has since been carefully restored.
The minaret was meant to be for calling for prayers of the Friday Kalon mosque. Throughout the ages, it has been used as a as a watchtower and a guide to approaching caravans on the Silk Route and the 'Tower of Death' from where people were thrown down to their deaths!
The most fascinating part of the minaret are its 14 ornamental bands - geometric brick designs on the body of the minaret. A strange conical stump crowns the minaret and is the remains of an original extension which made the Kalon minaret even higher than it stands today. The best time to see the Minaret is during late afternoon, when the honey coloured bricks glow in the late slanting light...indeed at that time the Poi Kalon Ensemble is at it’s most bewitching.
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