The Minaret of Kutlug Timur

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The Minaret of Kutlug Timur
The Minaret of Kutlug Timur The Minaret of Kutlug Timur The Minaret of Kutlug Timur The Minaret of Kutlug Timur

The Minaret of Kutlug Timur was built in 1011 and is still considered the tallest minarets in the whole of Central Asia. The height of the minaret is 60 meters, which allowed him to get around height even the mausoleum of Sultan Sanjar. At the top of the minaret are 145 steps inside the spiral staircase, which starts at the entrance to a height of about 7 meters from the ground level, which probably correspond to the level of the flat roof of the mosque.
Conical surface of the minaret (diameter at the base of about 11 m, and in the level of the lamp - 4 m) in height dismembered seventeen wide belts ornamental masonry bricks twin separated staggered figured carved brick vertical "bows". Belts are divided vertically stacked rings bricks emphasize the "script" narrow brick ornament. In some upper zones "bows" covered with blue glaze.
At the entrance level minaret covered a broad relief Kufic inscription made of polished bricks too. At the top of the minaret of three encircle the waist poorly preserved inscriptions.
It was the only building in the city, which survived the Mongol invasion in 1221. According to a legend, the minaret was built in honor Tyurabek Khanum - the wife of a local ruler Kutlug Timur.
The highest minaret in Central Asia suffered a devastating not only war, but also natural disasters associated with earthquakes. He is a brilliant testament to unusually high skill Urgench school builders and architects of the XIV century.

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