The spiral minaret of the Great Mosque of Samarra (also known as the Malwiya Minaret) in Samarra, Iraq. The word "malwiya" translates as "twisted" or "snail shell". The minaret is approximately 171 feet (52m or roughly 17 stories) tall.
thearabesque: Char Minar (Chor Minor), Bukhara (Buxoro, Бухоро, بُخارا), Uzbekistan (O‘zbekiston, Ўзбекистон) (by Loïc BROHARD)
Jalil Al Khayat Mosque is built on an area of some 15,000 square metres. Its centrepiece is a giant hall that is 1,200 meters square and 45 meters high; holding up to 2,000 people. Next to it, a smaller hall is used on a more regular basis for prayer on normal days. For Friday prayers or during special religious ceremonies like Mawlood, the big hall receives men and the smaller hall is opened for women (Photo by Tom Blackwell).