The marvel that is the minaret
What is the purpose of these towers attached to mosques?
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Minarets are an important architectural element in Islamic art. A type of column typically built into or adjacent to mosques, a minaret serves to project the Muslim call to prayer. Commonly tall and slender in appearance, a minaret can also be designed as a thick, squat tower of varying height. Most are distinguished by a highly ornate and decorative veneer. Others are more simplistic in form, though no less functional. While the origin of the minaret is unclear, surviving examples date as far back as the early 9th century. The tallest minaret in the world, meanwhile, was inaugurated as recently as 2019. So, where in the world can you admire these extraordinary landmarks of Islam's presence?
Click through and discover the most mesmerizing mosque minarets on the planet.
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