Situated in the village of Minor, 7 kilometres from Jarkurgan and 38 kilometres from Termez, the unique Jarkurgan minaret is well worth a visit.
The 12th-century structure is remarkable for the wavelike shape in its brickwork. The minaret narrows towards the top, cheating the perspective to make it appear taller than it is.
The main trunk of the minaret is composed of 16 herring-boned semi-columns which continue through a band of 16 arches and foliated Kufic, Koranic inscriptions to suggest that the minaret was double- or even triple-linked, and that the present 22-metre construction originally reached an estimated height over 50 metres.
Considerable skill must have gone into applying the herringbone brickwork, set not only in curved ribs, but also in ever-decreasing diameters in order to narrow the minaret. A vertical inscription given pride of place on one of the ribs names the architect as one Ali ibn Mohammed of Serakhs (in modern-day Turkmenistan), while another dates the construction to 1108-1109 AD and the rule of Sultan Sanjar.
- On the map: OSM / Gmaps
- By public transport, take a minibus to Jarkurgan and a taxi to the minaret
- If you have your own car, you can stop over on the way from Termez to Denau.
- Jarkurgan’s weekly bazaar happens on Sundays
- Entrance is free. You can climb the narrow steep steps up the minaret to view the surroundings
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