Uzbekistan: The Kalyan Minaret

by Ben Mckechnie February. 01, 2017 1670 views

My admittedly surreal take on the awe-inspiring 48m tall Kalyan Minaret in Bukhara, Uzbekistan. In 1220, Genghis Khan stood where I stood. While craning his neck to see the top, his hat supposedly fell off. He was so impressed by the tower's audacity, he ordered it be left standing while his army razed Bukhara to the ground.



I thought I'd enter this for the new architectural weekly theme, which is a guest post brought to you by Helen. If you enjoy this pic, I'll share a big post on the architecture of Uzbekistan before the end of this week. 

Thanks for taking a look and good luck with your own weekly theme entries!

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Helen Hooker 3 years, 1 month ago

That's an astonishing tower - did you take any close up details pictures of the intricate decorations? Looking forward to seeing your bigger post now I'm back home with wifi that works! :-)

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Stephen Chappell 3 years, 1 month ago

Beautiful building, and nicely done against such a dramatic sky.

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Ben Mckechnie Replied to Stephen Chappell 3 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Stephen! Uzbekistan is full of beautiful buildings. I recommend visiting.

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 1 month ago

Looking forward for more beauties of Uzbekistan

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Ben Mckechnie Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Antonio. I'll get a longer post up today!

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Jay Boggess 3 years, 1 month ago

Beautiful pastels & awe -inspiring structure,,,,,

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Ben Mckechnie Replied to Jay Boggess 3 years, 1 month ago

It inspired awe and made my neck ache. Cheers Jay!

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Jay Boggess Replied to Ben Mckechnie 3 years, 1 month ago

Hahahahahhhaaaaa........hope you were able to relieve the tension with a little "drop of the grape" afterwards....(grin)

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Gene Mcdaniel 3 years, 1 month ago

Looks amazing against that dramatic sky!

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Ben Mckechnie Replied to Gene Mcdaniel 3 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Gene! That evening's golden hour was exceptional.

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Timothy Bullock 3 years, 1 month ago

I love the perspective!

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Ben Mckechnie Replied to Timothy Bullock 3 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Timothy.

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Becky Brannon 3 years, 1 month ago

Really like the detailed patterns on it, It reminds me of the towers I saw in Ireland to watch for Viking raiders. Do you know the function of there towers?

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Ben Mckechnie Replied to Becky Brannon 3 years, 1 month ago

Hi Becky. Traditionally minarets are found next to mosques and acted as a ventilation and cooling system. Later they were used to call people to prayer from the surround area. This particular one had a more brutal use for at least some of its history. The Emir of Bukhara used to have people thrown to their deaths from the top!

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Aniket Pant 3 years, 1 month ago

Beautiful!! Would love to see close ups of the designs

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Ben Mckechnie Replied to Aniket Pant 3 years, 1 month ago

Thanks Aniket. That would be interesting. Even with my longest focal length of 105mm, it wasn't enough to get close up to see a lot of small details. 300mm would be best!

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