The Spiral Minaret of Samara

The Spiral Minaret of Samara


The Spiral Minaret of Samara, carved into a copper plate that would look beautiful on your wall, shelve or desk. Hand made by the copper smiths of ancient Souq AL_Safafeer in Baghdad

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The Great Mosque of Samarra was, for a time, the largest mosque in the world; its minaret, the Malwiya Tower, is a spiraling cone 52 meters (171 ft) high and 33 meters (108 ft) wide with a spiral ramp. The reign of Caliph Al-Mutawakkil had a great effect on the appearance of the city, for he seems to have been a lover of architecture, and the one responsible for building the great Mosque of Samara. In a list of his building projects which appears in several different versions, the new Congregational Mosque and up to twenty palaces are mentioned, totaling between 258 and 294 million Durhams. The new Congregational Mosque, with its spiral minaret, built between 849 (235 AH) and 851 (235 AH), formed part of an extension of the city to the east, extending into the old hunting park.

The mosque itself was destroyed in 1278 (656 AH) after Hulagu Khan's invasion of Iraq. Only the outer wall and its minaret remain.