Minaret at Jam, Afghanistan.

The Minaret at Jam in Afghanistan was built in the 12th century. It stands alone in a remote valley surrounded by barren mountains. The tower is decorated with calligraphy and is accented with turquise ceramics.

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It wasn't always alone. The slopes of that valley used to hold a city known as "The Turquoise Mountain" that most historians consider to be a fable much like the city of Troy was.

Residents of the area have so thoroughly plundered the valley that I doubt anything of significance remains...as far as I can recall, there were some archeologists working there prior to the Soviet invasion, but no serious attempt to dig since.
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