Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam

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The 65m-tall Minaret of Jam is a graceful, soaring structure, dating back to the 12th century. Covered in elaborate brickwork with a blue tile inscription at the top, it is noteworthy for the quality of its architecture and decoration, which represent the culmination of an architectural and artistic tradition in this region. Its impact is heightened by its dramatic setting, a deep river valley between towering mountains in the heart of the Ghur province.

Why should you visit?

  1. The innovative architecture and decoration of the Minaret of Jam played a significant role in the development of the arts and architecture of the Indian sub-continent and beyond.
  2. The Minaret of Jam and its associated archaeological remains constitute exceptional testimony to the power and quality of the Ghurid civilization that dominated its region in the 12th and 13th centuries.
  3. The Minaret of Jam is an outstanding example of Islamic architecture and ornamentation in this region and played a significant role in their further dissemination.

Year of Inscription: 2002

Trivia:

  • The minaret and the adjacent building occupy the only significant area of flat ground in the immediate vicinity, a strip of land measuring 370m. E-W by 50 m N-S at its widest, running along the south bank of the Hari Rud.
  • A major geomorphological threat facing the minaret is flooding, from the Hari Rud and the Jam Rud rivers. Both rivers exhibit strongly seasonal flow patterns, with snowmelt causing flooding in the spring.
  • This is the finest standing monument from the enigmatic Gurhid dynasty and it is also the first site in Afghanistan to be declared a UNESCO world heritage site.

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The 65m-tall Minaret of Jam is a graceful, soaring structure, dating back to the 12th century. Covered in elaborate brickwork with a blue tile inscription at the top, it is noteworthy for the quality of its architecture and decoration, which represent the culmination of an architectural and artistic tradition...

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