Kalta Minor Minaret
Kalta Minor Minaret
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland8,868 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Incredible, monumental unfinished minaret tower. Incredible girth at its base and it would have been just incredible if completed.
Well, it's ibcredible anyway to be fair, with it's resplendent bright blue tiled exterior standing in the midst of all the adobe colours around it.
Imamazing sight at all times of the day, especially as the sun starts to set.
Breathtaking
Written May 15, 2023
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Peter S
Hillsborough, UK106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
I enjoyed the stories surrounding the fact that this minaret was never finished - was it the death of the khan who commisioned it, or was it because the builder had promised to build a bigger one in Bukhara and was thrown off the incomplete tower as punishment for his treachery? The building itself is gorgeous to look at, and almost symbolises the Disney-like aspects of Khiva
Written November 23, 2019
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250ABR
Cottingham, UK230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
It is the first thing you see and will surely be the one thing you never forget from Khiva never finished but totally ornate
Written October 15, 2019
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Pascale O
Paris, France152 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Very impressive minaret (by his perimeter and decorations). Khiva a great place to visit and to learn more about the central Asia.
Written September 8, 2019
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Raymond W
Townsville, Australia4,565 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Couples
This unfinished minaret is a quite unusual shape and is also unusual due to it being completely covered in tile work. Unfortunately the madrassa it is attached to is now a hotel, so the minaret is robbed of much of its context. However it remains a symbol of Khiva.
Written October 30, 2019
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kiransfootprints
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India304 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
If there is one thing that is visible from many hotels near Ota Darvoza (West Gate), it is this beautiful imposing blue minaret.

At close quarters, one can see the intricate and imaginative designs made by simply fitting glazed tiles together.

Its subtle beauty cannot be appreciated in one go or over a short period. As one walks around Itchan Kala, Kalta Minor is visible nearly all the time.
Written October 26, 2019
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Andrew M
7,280 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019
The Kalta Minor minaret is one of the first attractions seen when entering through the western gates of the old city. It is was commissioned by Muhammad Amin-Khan Madrasah, and is located in front of the madrasah which is dedicated to him. At 26 meters in height it is known as the "short"minaret, but we thought that it was higher than many of the minarets in the city which we had visited. It was meant to be over 70 meters tall and had a foundation depth of 15 meters. The base is 14.2 meters in diameter (the nearby Islom Hoja minaret, which is Khiva's tallest, has a base of 9.5 meters).

The minaret was built between 1852-1855. Construction ended when the Khan was killed in battle during the Khorasan military campaign. A blue band near to the top has white Persian writing, and we thought that the beautiful mix of green and blue tiles with white highlights was beautifully done. It is said to be the only minaret in Central Asia that is completely covered by tiles, but there were many places near to the bottom where blue tiles had fallen off and exposed clay brickwork.

Muhammad Amin-Khan was able to complete the nearby madrassah before his death, and this is still the largest madrassah in Central Asia with 25 cells with two rooms and balconies. The minaret can be accessed from the madrassah (hotel) by a narrow bridge.
Written October 17, 2019
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beyondhorizonvcs
Mumbai, India24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Family
now turned into a part of hotel , original structure is well kept and open to visit for all , very much in the old town sightseeing central part
Written October 1, 2018
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seascape100
Chicago, IL356 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Friends
Kalta Minor Minaret is the most amazing sight in the historic center of Khiva, visible from nearly everywhere in the old city. You would never know it is only half finished without the experience of a guided tour. It is unable to be missed in your wanderings around the old city of Khiva providing the backdrop to most of the best photos.
Written November 23, 2017
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paolovbossi
The Hague, The Netherlands862 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Probably the most famous building in Khiva. Absolutely magnificent, spectacular. To be seen during the day and (or perhaps in particular) with the lights in the evening.
Written November 6, 2023
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