MINARET OF JAM – Ghor Afghanistan – Jaam e Minar.
The Minaret of Jam is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in a remote district called Shahrak, in Ghor Province. The minaret was built in 12th century of baked bricks which carry intricate calligraphic inscriptions in Arabic language. These inscriptions contain Quranic verses, Muslim confession of faith as well as names and titles of local rulers.
The minaret is 62 meters high and is one of about 60 minarets built by the Ghurid dynasty in the Middle Ages. It is the tallest brick minaret in the world with octagonal base and lantern on the top. It was originally attached the Friday Mosque, which was unfortunately washed away during flood
already in the 13thcentury. This was discovered by the evidence of once-existing large courtyard just next to the minaret, as well as river sediments on the paving. The presence of rivers Hari and Jam, with their regular flooding and subsequent erosion as well as frequent earthquakes in the region are the threats for the minaret until these days.