September 22, 2023

The First Work Included in the ISESCO World Heritage List in Afghanistan: The Minaret of Jam

Minarets, which are one of the fundamental structures of Islamic architecture, have attracted attention both for their artistic aspects and for their longevity throughout the history of architecture. Construction techniques have inspired many historical and modern structures from the past to the present day.

Our news topic is about a captivating minaret located in Afghanistan that was included in the cultural heritage list by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) in 2020. The historical Minaret of Jam is a structure that dates back to the 12th century and is the second highest minaret in the world built of brick, with a height of 65 meters, following the Qutub Minar in India.

The minaret is famous for its construction features. Named after the Jam River located nearby, the minaret is built on an octagonal base. It has two wooden balconies and a lighthouse on the top. The minaret gained fame for its surface decorated with Quranic verses, turquoise stones, and its round staircase inside. In 2002, it was also included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, making it the first structure in Afghanistan to be included in this list.


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