Islom-Hoja Minaret, Khiva, Uzbekistan.

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Islom Hoja Minaret


It's possible to climb this 57m tall minaret, Uzbekistan's highest, for fine views over the old city. Morning light offers the best views. With bands of turquoise and red tiling, it looks rather like an uncommonly lovely lighthouse.

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