Kalta-Minor in Khiva

 Low but heavy minaret stands before the facade of Muhammad Amin-khan Madrassah. It is Kalta-Minor-"Short minaret". Minaret and Muhammad Amin-khan Madrassah intended to finish planning of the big square about the western gates of Ichan-Qala. 

Kalta-Minor should have become the biggest and highest minaret in Central Asia. Its massive base is 14.2 m in diameter. However, the construction was interrupted upon death of Muhammad-Amin-khan in 1855 after the battle with Turkmens as historian Munis informed.

The legend has kept the better version. Bukhara khan got known about the construction of grandiose minaret in Khiva and agreed with its architect about construction of higher minaret in Bukhara. Khiva khan became angry and ordered to throw the architect from minaret. That stopped the construction. Anyhow, the top platform has been erected just up to 26 m. 

Decora-tively the bright blue minaret of Kalta-Minor has no analogues in Central Asia. It is only minaret which surface is entirely covered with colored glazed tiles.