Wednesday, August 25, 2010


Iraq 1/2 Dinars 1993 UNC
Front: Astrolabe
Back: Minaret of Samarra (Malwiya Minaret or Malwiya Tower)
The Malwiya minaret at the Great Mosque of Samarra

The Minaret of Samarra, also known as the Malwiya Minaret or Malwiya Tower is part of the Great Mosque of Samarra in Samarra, Iraq. The mosque is one of the largest in the world, and was built by the Abbasid caliph Al-Mutawakkil. The minaret was originally connected to the mosque by a bridge. On April 1, 2005, the top of the Malwiya minaret was damaged by a bomb. Insurgents reportedly attacked the tower because U.S. troops had been using it as a lookout position. The blast removed pieces of brick from the top of the minaret along its spiral ramp. Read more

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