Kalta Minor Minaret
Kalta Minor Minaret
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Frances B
Yorkshire, UK2,050 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The Kalta Minor minaret is one of the iconic buildings in Khiva. When I first saw it I was mesmerised by the colour of its tiles sparkling in the sunlight. It is very identifiable not only through its shape but also the vibrancy of the green and blue tiles used in its decoration. It is located close to the West Gate.
It is apparently unfinished but even in this ‘unfinished’ state, it does not distract from its beauty. It provides the opportunity for some wonderful photographs and should also be viewed at night when it is beautifully lit.
Written 10 January 2024
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paolovbossi
The Hague, The Netherlands849 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 6 November 2023
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FTMDave
Adria, Italy7,168 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
The breathtaking blue-green tiled minaret is one of the first attractions you come across when you enter the West Gate.

It's incredible as it is - but to think it is unfinished!

There are various souvenir stalls next to it and in the evening the area round the minaret becomes one of night-time hustle & bustle.
Written 24 June 2023
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Anuradha
New Delhi, India823 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
Entry from the western Ata Darvaza gate of fortress, Kalta Minor is located near it. There are many legends as to why the minaret was left unfinished. One states that the rule of Khiva, Muhammad Amin Khan, hired an architect to build the tallest minaret in the area. But the architect had an agreement with the khan of Bukhara that once finished, he would build an even taller one for him. Muhammad Amin Khan found out and planned to kill the architect once he was finished, but the architect escaped.

This is the most vibrant place where an evening cultural show is held, not to be missed. Many souvenir shops are located around, so a lot of hustle bustle can be seen. White furry caps could be seen mainly in Khiva, near this landmark.
Written 2 June 2023
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Bozeman-Dublin
Trim, Ireland10,876 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 15 May 2023
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Michael C
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
This tower is my absolute favourite landmark in Khiva. Make sure to capture it in the morning as well as in the evening.
Written 15 November 2022
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia9,610 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Most advertising materials for Khiva feature the Kalta Minor Minaret ; it the # 1 symbol for Ichan Kala. It is also a handy point of reference if you get lost in the alleys. The tower is an unfinished minaret, stopped at 26m when Amin Khan died on a Persian battlefield mid 19th century. Imagine if it had reached its intended height of 70m ! Covered in Khiva's blue-green tiles in dazzling patterns it is a photographers delight.
Written 10 November 2022
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ksarman
Yangon (Rangoon), Myanmar8,636 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
it s the first thing that you ll see, something really impressive even under the rain, in fact the building near by is now an hotel but yu can enter and have a look the courtyard, the minaret is unique and colorful, it history is dramatic and funny ...
Written 3 December 2021
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Ramadama
New Providence, NJ2,918 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
When walking around town you can't help but notice this minaret from various streets. Its beautiful turquoise color brightens up the streets. It's closed so you can not go inside. There is story about how the Iman fell in love with the Shah's wife and he was building this minaret in order to see her. Once the Shah found out he had him killed and also the building stopped.
Written 7 October 2021
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Reza Sattarzadeh
Muscat, Oman2,553 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
Kalta Minaret looms over Khiva as one of the most prominent structures in town. It is impossible to enter Khiva and not see Kalta Minaret. The architecture may seem simple but the blue tile work on the body of the minaret is stunningly beautiful.
Written 15 December 2019
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