Minaret of Jam

This fabulous minaret sits in the remote valleys of the Koh-e Baba. Forgotten by the outside world until the mid-20th century, it remains a holy grail for many travellers to Afghanistan. Dating from the late 12th century, the minaret is the visible remnants of the Ghorid capital of Firuzkoh, destroyed by the Mongols. The minaret has undergone emergency work to protect its foundations from the river. It became Afghanistan's first World Heritage site in 2002. The views from the top over the lush river valley below are astounding.