Minaret of Jam

Minaret of Jam
..

The Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam represent the artistic creativity and mastery of structural engineering of the Ghurid civilization (1000-1220).

Jam is probably located at the site of the Ghurid dynasty's summer capital, Firuzkuh. The 12th and 13th century Ghurids controlled not only Afghanistan, but also parts of eastern Iran, Northern India and parts of Pakistan.

The 65 metre high minaret, surrounded by mountains that reach up to 2400 meters, is built entirely of baked bricks. It is famous for its intricate brick, stucco and glazed tile decoration, which consists of alternating bands of kufic and naskhi calligraphy, geometric patterns, and verses from the Qur'an.

The Minaret was forgotten by the outside world until rediscovered in 1886 by Sir Thomas Holdich.

Map of Minaret of Jam

Load map

Community Rating

 

1 Votes 4.4 Score

Your Rating
Rate

Site Info

Full Name
Minaret and Archaeological Remains of Jam
Unesco ID
211
Country
Afghanistan
Inscribed
2002 - In Danger
Type
Cultural
Criteria
2 3 4
Categories
Religious structure - Islamic
Link
By ID

Site History

2002 In Danger

Lack of protection

2002 Inscribed

1983 Deferred

Deferred until receipt of necessary info

Locations

The site has 4 locations

Minaret of Jam: Valley of Hari River including Minaret of Jam Afghanistan
Minaret of Jam: Jewish Cemetery Afghanistan
Minaret of Jam: Arabic (Isl.) Inscriptions Afghanistan
Minaret of Jam: Water Reservoir Afghanistan

Visitors

Community Members have visited.