"The Minaret of Islam Khodja" Uzbekistan Things to Do Tip by kumachan200x

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The Minaret of Islam Khodja, built near the madrasah is the highest structure in Khiva, and has become its symbol. The minaret is 44 m. high; the diameter on the foundation is about 10 m. The shaft of the minaret diminishes in its diameter as it rises, and produces an unusual impression. Decorative belts of blue and white ceramics alternating with ochre bricks adorn the minaret. It is topped by arched lantern and golden crown. The minaret dominates its part of the city and concentrates around it thousand of domes and vaulted constructions. The different sizes of the buildings as they approach the minaret of Islam Khodja contrast with its mass, showing off the skill of town planning of the Khorezm architects.

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  • Written Dec 8, 2003
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