The Kalta Minor - the ‘short or squat minaret’ is an iconic symbol of the ancient city of Khiva.
Khiva or Xiva is one of old cities of ancient Khorezm, in present day Uzbekistan and is a pearl of eastern middle age architecture. According to the archeologists Khiva was founded in the 5th or 4th centuries BC. The origin of the name ‘Khiva’ could be from “Khey-vakh” which roughly means “sweet water.” In the early 16th century it became capital of Khiva khanate, one of the Uzbek khanates. The majority of Khiva’s immense architectural projects began and the city established itself as a center of power in the region. The city was divided into two parts in XIX century - Ichan Kala (inner city) with 10 meters high wall and Dishan Kala (outer city).
Construction of the 'Kalta Minor' began in 1851 by Mohammed Amin Khan who wanted to have an impressive minaret as the finishing touch for his lavish new madrassah (The Muhammad Amin-khan madrassah), part of which can be seen in the left. The construction of the minaret remained unfinished ….it was originally intended to become the largest minaret in Central Asia 80 metres high. But in its incompleteness, it stands today 26 meters high on its 14 meters massive base which suggests that it would have boasted truly mammoth proportions if completed. Despite its unfinished state, the Kalta Minor is still a beautiful spectacle wrapped by bands of dazzling blue, green beige, and turquoise tiles fashioned in a variety of intricate geometric designs and an inscription from a Persian poet encircling its upper dimensions.
PS : Couple of comments about the sky made me write this postscript, though I am at a loss to understand why they were made in the first place! The sky (read clouds) here is the original one & the way it was. It has NOT been added by post processing, though I would definitely like to understand why it was so felt by those who commented.
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Morac (27683) 2014-08-19 1:31
Nice work of color and perspective.
photographer_sg (4408) 2014-08-19 1:42
Nice framing and excellent colours. The architecture really stands out against the background in superb sharpness and details. Useful and informative note too.
Thanks for sharing and have a great day.
Nicou (125032) 2014-08-19 2:01
quelle image fantastique quel rendu architectural et ce décoration à la surface le jeu de lumière et de reflet ces couleurs superbe compo.
bravo et amitié
InasiaJones (31498) 2014-08-19 2:22
Salut mon ami!
Your polariser makes wonder for this impressive architecturale image, darkening the sky with conviction to allow the structures to stand out. Contrasts are great, making the colours so vibrant. I like the proportions between the sky and the buildings, nicely balanced and framed.
It's interesting to see the geometric patterns against the organic texture from the clouds. This is a destination we rarely see on these pages; you are a true Indiana Jones!... :-p))
dta (68764) 2014-08-19 2:50
Hello Angshuman ,
Of course , the architectural is outstanding . But I like a lot your choice of the low POV , and the effect of the beautiful dynamic sky .
abmdsudi (44728) 2014-08-19 2:53
You've got such a fantastic deep blue sky to marry the stunning architectures bellow - what a combination. What more can I say! It's a jaw-dropping shot, Congrats.
Royaldevon (31193) 2014-08-19 3:01
What I really like about your photograph is the implied rounded surfaces; the light is tremendous! The colours are rich and the patterns beautiful. The buildings have a great relationship in your composition and stand out well against that deep blue sky.
Have a great day,
lousat (79037) 2014-08-19 3:07
Hi Angshu,this pic is absolutely fantastic! What a great way to take the colors and the decorations with this magnificent imposing perspective,an endless staircase to the blue sky caught in the best moment with the best light and with the usual top quality,i love it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
shreya2000 (1272) 2014-08-19 3:17
Very good architecture captured by you. The colours are super fine. The sky colour is very nice. The different shades of the tower is looking very good.
Thanks for sharing.
pierrefonds (58259) 2014-08-19 4:28
The tight frame is putting the tower in evidence. The point of view is showing with precison the details of the Khiva. The good luminosity is making the colors to stand out. Have a nice day.
danos (88243) 2014-08-19 5:01
very nice the view as the presentation of this fantastic section of Minaret,with the different colours of the tiles to make it so beautiful and unique.The brilliant light of the day enhance even more the beauty of it.Well done.
Sergiom (62832) 2014-08-19 5:38
J'aime beaucoup cette composition. La contre plongée est superbe et donne beaucoup d'ampleur à ces structures très colorées. Le ciel est un superbe arrière plan.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-08-19 5:50
a striking and colourful upwards POV that is so beautiful. The light and detail here are compelling and pitched against a glorious sky all the more captivating. Wonderful!
Regards - B.
holmertz (42723) 2014-08-19 7:14
This is truly a magnificent building and one of those structures I would love to see with my own eyes. This perspective gives us a good idea of the patterns and colours of the tiles and you were blessed with a remarkably beautiful sky. I am impressed by the light management.
SnapRJW (31617) 2014-08-19 7:38
Hello Angshu - The glazed tiles of the minaret glint in the sunlight and their rich colours allow us to see the patterns of design very well. I like your upward-looking composition especially the inclusion of the madrassah; it adds context. Well managed and attractive with a sky that almost steals the scene.
Gerrit (49672) 2014-08-19 11:09
magnificient monument and great photo in fantastic colors.
Fantastic sky too.
jjcordier (77388) 2014-08-19 23:24
Excellente photo de ce minaret très coloré avec un très beau ciel en arrière-plan. Bon POV en contre-plongée.
papagolf21 (87330) 2014-08-19 23:50
Bonjour, cher ami Angshu,
Encore une image qui ravit le regard. Le choix du cadrage valorise magnifiquement les édifices.
Les couleurs et les détails ressortent à merveille.
seres76 (1076) 2014-08-20 1:43
Nice shot. Processing is wonderful. Goog colors and perspective. Clouds like added later. Tfs...
Fis2 (87301) 2014-08-20 3:46
Curious building, beautiful mosaic.
Good POV and composition.
I like colors and light.
Have a nice afternoon
pajaran (53302) 2014-08-20 7:07
Dobar dan, popodne.
Interesantan tekst o gradu i arhitekturi, lep pogled na fasadu minareta ...
Dobar snimak i kontrast, lepo pokazana arhitektura i detalji na fasadi, lepe boje.
Prijatno vece i mirna noc sve najbolje.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
An interesting article about the city and architecture, beautiful view of the façade of the minaret ...
Good clip, and contrast nicely demonstrated architecture and details on the facade, beautiful colors.
Good evening and peaceful night all the best.
Didi (57666) 2014-08-20 8:45
Very rich details in these architectures
Good frame quality of the perspective
COSTANTINO (57208) 2014-08-20 9:54
Hello dear freind
the choice of low pov makes this shot more
attractive nice framing with excellent colors
no comments for the effect of this amazing
cloudy blue sky
I like the way you took this shot because
it draws the eyes directly to the blue sky
have a nice time
jhm (141163) 2014-08-20 10:26
Everything oblique presented, but absolutely nice photo work.
Nice photograph, colour and sharpness be superb.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice evening,
npecanhuk (67402) 2014-08-20 19:08
Wonderful details and picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, horizontal format, chosen pov and composition are all superb photo qualities here!
TFS - congrats,
macjake (57780) 2014-08-21 4:10
interesting that some people thought the sky was artificial! that never even came to mind for me.
infact, i'd LOVE to have these clouds in every sky and photo i take...you totally lucked out!
personally i think the sky/clouds here make up a huge portion of the compo/subject material, its vital.
a perfect day to shoot a photo upwards.
glad you did, lots of colors, bright warm light despite the cooling presence of lots of blues, and it has a wonderful visual effect/impact too.
great looking photo on all accounts.
rychem (25096) 2014-08-21 8:54
Fantastic! I like your POV and the richness of decorative elements, splendid photo
everlasting (14694) 2014-08-22 1:48
Excellent composition, choice of POV and colours. The minarets really stand out against that beautiful sky!
PaulVDV (23037) 2014-08-24 8:21
Splendid architecture shot!
What a beautiful patterns and colours.
Great view upwards so we can also enjoy the view of those wonderful clouds in the sky.
Best regards, Paul
Waylim (25366) 2014-08-25 18:22
You certainly have travelled to many wonderful places. This is wonderful iamge of the monumental minret. Teh colors is amazing with the mosaic work. The sky with this wonderful cloud formation make it even more interesting. Good composition with the main structure so imosing as if I was standing underneath it myself. Wonderfuld details and good colors and light.
adores (38629) 2014-08-26 16:33
Another great shot of this country!This architecture is amazing, I like your pov a lot. Light, colours are perfect and the sky couldn't be better! Very good work!
pili51 (1477) 2014-08-27 13:02
no trouble with this sky, in fact I believe that it is the most remarkable element in your composition.
Though the architecture of the minaret and the building, and the sheens of its tiles, together with the good POV and elegant perspective, provide a high quality to this shot as well.
No more words, simply a superb work, impeccably executed.
josepmarin (57833) 2014-09-01 4:47
Namaste, my friend Angshuman,
about this splendid polarized sky, I must say that it's a perfect backdrop in order to emphasize the huge architectural beauty of this monument.
I admire the quality of the image and of the colors, and I love the gorgeous visual effect of the colored tiles on the minaret, with its shines under the sunlight.
The perspective is very efficient here.
A great work, as usual.
acevherli (336) 2014-09-03 4:05
Wonderful place, wonderful colors, wonderful shot.
mkamionka (31193) 2014-09-12 7:57
this is spectacular. The architecture itself is so pretty and so unique! I like the richly decorated mosaic here nicely paving the minaret.
Your presentation is brilliant with nice sky adding extra touch.
Fantastic light and pleasant vivid colors.
emka (81722) 2014-09-26 23:38
Hello again, I missed so many beautiful photos! The mosques in Uzbekistan are also oin my bucket list. Marvelous picture of this minaret.
- Copyright: Angshuman Chatterjee (Angshu) (56186)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-05-03
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 400D (Digital Rebel XTi), Canon 18 - 55mm / f 3.5 - 5.6, RAW, Hoya 58mm PL-CIR
- Exposure: f/8, 1/200 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Uzbekistan : Land of Golden Smiles
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-19 1:08
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