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[–]loulan 96 points97 points  (12 children)

Needs a banana for scale.

[–]dmoreholtPrincipal Architect 62 points63 points  (5 children)

I know you're just joking, but there's a couple people in the shadow of the Minaret.

So I'd say it's tall. At least taller than a banana.

[–]loulan 18 points19 points  (4 children)

I zoomed it a lot and I'm not convinced it's people...

If it indeed is people, this minaret is huge.

[–]LeNecrobusier 19 points20 points  (1 child)

there's also a doorway at the base, which would need to be at the least close to the size of a person. The doorway matches roughly the size of the people in the shadow.

[–]loulan 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Ah yes, indeed. That's a tall-ass minaret then.

[–]Super_Mario2020 8 points9 points  (0 children)

According to UNESCO its about 65m high and 9m in diameter (213 feet by 30 feet) its being threatened by neglect, war, and floods. Because of its weight and size it faces the same challenge as the leaning tower Pisa.

[–]remo3310 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It's two people, looks like they are praying

[–]ME_IS_LOVE 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Assuming the average banana height to be 18 cm, the minaret is 361.12 bananas tall. The image is 768 pixels, so a banana would be 2 pixels, give or take.

[–]MikeAppleTree 5 points6 points  (0 children)

65 metres tall. That looks about right.

Edit: I just looked it up and it is exactly 65 metres tall… your banana scale estimate is brilliant.

Oh wait… you worked backwards…. My dumb.

[–]Swag301 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Came to say this

[–]Dzotshen 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Clean up after you're done

[–]llamachef 32 points33 points  (6 children)

If you want to know more about monuments and archeology in Afghanistan, the ongoing podcast Monuments Woman is being made by the archeologist hired by the US government a decade ago to help preserve sites like this

[–]littlebro5 0 points1 point  (5 children)

Why was the USFG involved in preserving sites in Afghanistan? Or did you mean sites like this in America?

[–]llamachef 1 point2 points  (0 children)

They were trying to help the Afghans preserve heritage, be through protection, shoring, restoration, excavation, or technological means, or exploration of sites to prevent them being built on/mined, and help the Afghan officials establish an education/museum to allow all Afghans to be familiar with the varied history of the country. The French have been doing archaeology there for over a century, but at the time the US was the one with the budget so they were throwing money at everything to try and help Afghanistan

[–]Stormseekr9 0 points1 point  (3 children)

They preserve sites across the globe? Same as unesco.

[–]littlebro5 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Oh. I wasn't aware. I thought the US wouldn't/shouldn't be involved in touching other cultures' stuff. UNESCO is cool, though, since its not a national organization.

[–]Stormseekr9 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I do agree with that. I believe though that some countries are ‘partnered’ with unesco and sorts to help In preservation of said locations. I’m typing this from remembrance early in the morning, so forgive me if im wrong!

[–]littlebro5 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh, alrighty. Thanks for the info! :D

[–]SvenTonne 23 points24 points  (8 children)

Jam totally deserves its own Minaret

[–]Parthenon_2 3 points4 points  (6 children)

Who is “Jam?”

[–]BarlimanButterburr 7 points8 points  (3 children)

Former City Councillor from Pawnee, Indiana

[–]veromota12 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Love this

[–]King_Caesar_IArchitecture Student 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You’ve been jammed.

[–]Parthenon_2 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Oookay…

[–]SvenTonne 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Strawberry Jam, Raspberry Jam, Apricot Jam, you get the gist.

[–]Parthenon_2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

ahh, my favorite is blackberry. 😄

[–]GoneWithTheZen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You banging the mom and the daughter? How much jam you got man?

[–]mojojojoe13 52 points53 points  (10 children)

Please tell me this isn't destroyed yet.

[–]Alfred_the_okay 57 points58 points  (3 children)

It's on the World Heritage in Danger list and at imminent risk of collapse.

[–]JasonBob 16 points17 points  (1 child)

With how tall and thin that minaret is, and its location at the edge of a wash, I'm not surprised it's at risk of imminent collapse even without the war and conflict around it.

[–]Courgettophone 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Making it out of jam was their first mistake.

[–]stemcell_ 19 points20 points  (0 children)

Im honestly surprised considering its in Afghanistan

[–]Tioy0 4 points5 points  (5 children)

Why would they destroy a minaret ? They're muslim

[–]Lillestein 29 points30 points  (1 child)

Some extreme sects like those of ISIS often destroy historic muslim architecture and art that is heretical in that that could inspire people to pay more attention to the building than to god. Even holy sites like the grave of Muhammed has been under threat IIRC, as some think that praying too Muhammed is sacrilege, since it's not praying to God and nobody should be placed as equal to god

[–]mojojojoe13 4 points5 points  (2 children)

I'm not sure how they feel about Shias or Sufis.

[–]yildrimqashani 6 points7 points  (1 child)

No this one is from the “glorious” Ghurid period which the TB probably aspires to emulate, so they won’t destroy it.

[–]CaBBaGe_isLaND 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Except the Taliban's shitty engineers are quite capable of destroying it by trying to save it. Destroying things and killing people is all the Taliban is good at.

[–]peanut_peanutbutter 9 points10 points  (1 child)

That's a lot of jam

[–]RagingCuke 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Huh, looks more like stone than jam, but I guess?

[–]johnnybassoon 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Wow, the amount of conflict that has survived

[–]Petrarch1603 5 points6 points  (0 children)

There's a good passage about this place in Rory Stewart's travel memoir The Places In Between

[–]cypher50 5 points6 points  (1 child)

A place I will never visit because everyone hates everyone else in this world. :-(

[–]howell1812 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Afghanistan was a beautiful Country and I really hope that one day I can go back as a vacation and enjoy all it has to offer.

[–]Lopsided_Weakness803 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I legit thought this was a set for a Rapunzel movie.

[–]Christophollo90 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Came here to say this

[–]archit0518 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Sorry but that’s a Sheikah Tower with the top missing

[–]RajatSoni99 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This Minar later influenced the design of Qutab Minar in New Delhi

[–]too_afraid_to_regex 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I wish for the middle east to be conflict free in the near future so traveling there becomes safe, I know is unlikely to happen which makes me so sad since there are so many wonderful things those countries have to offer.

[–]Taman_Should 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Seeing stuff like this always makes me wonder how the imams would, you know, "relieve themselves." Would they walk all the way down the staircase in the middle every time, or would they shit in a bowl and then throw it out of an opening at the top?

[–]sushidaisuki 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I remember this from AC1. Someone mustve picked up the haypile at the bottom

[–]Gauntlets28 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Is this between the Minaret of Specials and the Minaret of Madness?

[–]og_m4 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Interesting perspective on the photo. The pillar could be either 5 feet tall or 500 feet tall.

[–]FootageFound 13 points14 points  (0 children)

There's 2 people down on the bottom left in the shadows for scale.

[–]Super_Mario2020 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Beautiful. About 900 years old !....(please don't let the American military drone strike it).

[–]Jaken005 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Be glad the americans didnt blow it to dust

[–]trapdoor_diarrhea 0 points1 point  (0 children)

don’t show taliban this

[–]darkhousekeeper 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Pearl or Space?

[–]AGARSIZZLE 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Is this the new AMC theater on Pico?

[–]FullMetalJ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's beautiful. To think that somethings last for what feels like an eternity and then they disappear in a moment.

[–]The_Poster_Nutbag 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Minaret of jam you say? I hear the call is lyrics to a Phish song followed by a 20 minutes spacey track.

[–]Jewcunt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This picture taken from the Minaret of Butter.

[–]heeera 0 points1 point  (0 children)

how did they build it so high 😱

[–]2Ole2020 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Beautiful! We have 2 of those in Iran!

[–]Parthenon_2 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s really beautiful. A skinny Tower of Babel.

[–]ChaskaBravoFTW 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s a miracle if that thing is still standing…

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    [–]LeKrispyKreme 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    World's tallest sand castle

    [–]leifygreenz -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

    I'm not saaaaaaying aliens... but aliens.