Chor Minar: A Prominent Structure of Uzbekistan

By Shivam Pathak

Among the prime tourist destinations in Uzbekistan Chor Minor has an important place. It is also known as the Madrasah of Khalif Niyaz-kul. Its beauty and majestic look are quiet enchanting. In Persian language the name of the monument means “Four minarets”, which is in reality analogues to the building’s architecture of four towers. The Chor Minar has a lot of significance in terms of historical perspective because in yore times it was a gatehouse for a now-destroyed madrasa in the historic city of Bukhara, Uzbekistan. It is situated north-east of the Lyab-i Hauz complex. At present the Minar is under the protection and supervision of the govt. of Uzbekistan. The Minar has also been listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in the year of 1990. It was built by Khalif Niyaz-kul, an affluent Bukharan somewhere in 19th Century. It is also believed that the Minar complex was also served as a ritual and a shelter place. Its delicate and sophisticated design is quiet impressive. One of the four towers collapsed due to an underground brook, in year of 1995. Exigency assistance was rendered by UNESCO under the World Heritage Fund. The collapse of the tower was rather
catastrophic for the whole structure of the Minar. Later consequently the entire structure of the Minar was destabilizing. Soon without any exposition the structure was vanished from the list of sights and later on reappeared as one of the most popular sights of the city (through the reconstruction of non-traditional materials) , yet the event
has been kept secret. Therefore whatever the situation was and is like, but this historic Minar has a certain place in everyone’s heart.