THE TOWER OF BABEL: The spiral minaret of the Great Mosque of Samarra (also known as the Malwiya Minaret) in Samarra, Iraq. The word "malwiya" translates as "twisted" or "snail shell". The minaret is approximately 171 feet or roughly 17 stories) tall.
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Great Mosque of Samarra, Samarra, Iraq.
The Minaret of Samarra is part of the Great Mosque of Samarra in Samarra, Iraq. The mosque is one of the largest in the world, and was built by the Abbasid caliph Al-Mutawakkil . The minaret was originally connected to the mosque by a bridge.
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Minaret (malwiya) of the Great Mosque of Samarra, constructed in century of sandstone, and is unique among other minarets because of its ascending spiral conical design, 52 metres high and 33 metres wide at the base. Photo since 1958 (?
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