- Recent floods in Afghanistan have put the minaret of Jam which is one of the country’s most revered cultural, architectural and historical treasures at risk of collapse.
- The minaret of Jam is in a remote area that is largely under Taliban control.It is the world’s second-tallest minaret and is situated on the frontier of Ghor and Herat provinces. It is at the heart of the Ghurid empire which dominated Afghanistan and parts of India in the 12th-13th centuries.
- In 2002,the minaret and its archaeological remains became the first site in Afghanistan to be added to Unesco’s World Heritage List.
- Built on an octagonal base, the minaret has a double staircase on the inside and is elaborately decorated. Its date of construction is given as around 1190.
- Afghanistan’s rich cultural heritage has faced decades of catastrophic neglect, mismanagement and looting as well as deliberate destruction at the hands of the Taliban.
- A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area which is selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as having cultural,historical, scientific or other form of significance and is legally protected by international treaties.The sites are judged important to the collective interests of humanity.
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