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800-year-old Afghanistan minaret on the verge of “collapse” after the earthquake

Afghanistan officials have stated that the jam minaret in Afghanistan’s Central State Goal will collapse if proper care is not taken.

The minaret is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Afghanistan. (AFP)

Considered one of the best examples of Islamic architecture in Afghanistan, the 800-year-old minaret has been damaged by two earthquakes this week and is on the verge of collapse.

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Jam Minaret was in urgent need of repair before the earthquake on Monday. But state official Abdul Hai Zaem said on Wednesday that it was even weaker.

“Some of the bricks have peeled off and the minaret itself has tilted further,” said Zaime, head of information and culture at Goal, about the 65-meter (213-foot) structure.

“Without proper care, the minaret can collapse.”

“There is currently no evidence to support the theory that the minaret was vulnerable, although the quake struck a few days ago,” UNESCO said, but asked for confirmation.

The construction date of the 65-meter minaret is said to be around 1190.

The construction date of the 65-meter minaret is said to be around 1190. (AFP)

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Built in the 12th century during the reign of the Sultan Giasudin, the Jam Minaret has survived earthquakes, floods and severe desert storms.

In 2002, the minaret and its ruins became the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Afghanistan.

Built on an octagonal base, it has a double staircase inside and is elaborately decorated. Its construction date is said to be around 1190.

Even in the 1960s, when Afghanistan attracted stubborn Western tourists, it is located in a steep, inaccessible valley along the Harild River, well away from Afghanistan’s tourist trails.

UNESCO-backed archaeologists have previously attempted to repair the minaret, but its remote areas (areas dominated by the Taliban before taking power in August) have always had security issues. Meaning.

The last UNESCO mission to the site was 2019, when they said it was not facing the risk of collapse.

Last year, Audrey Audrey, head of government, called on the Taliban to help protect Afghanistan’s cultural heritage, including the minaret.

read more: The National Museum of Afghanistan secures the Taliban and opens its doors to visitors

Source: TRT World and distributors

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