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Samaraa’s Minaret: The Intimidating Wind to the Top

Samaraa’s Minaret is part of the Iraq Homecoming Trip Report. Catch up on all the posts:


The first stop on the way to Mosul was Samarra, home to the most unique minaret in the world. The Great Mosque of Samarra was built in 848 but was destroyed following an invasion of Iraq in the 13th century, leaving the one-of-a-kind minaret as the main attraction. Before going to Samarra, I watched a YouTube video that made the trek to the top seem treacherous. I compliment the videographer for her skills but can assure you there is relatively no risk, minus selfie stupidity (see Beware of Selfie Death!).

a gate with a sign and a sign on it
After all the checkpoints, we arrived.
a man standing in front of a tall building
It quickly turned into a photoshoot.

a man standing in a desert with a tall tower

a large tower in a desert
The ominous bird in the desert.
a large stone building with a gate
Where the mosque used to be.
a stone steps with a city in the background
Living on the edge

a man standing on a roof with a city in the background
Classic Saddam pose
a man standing on a roof with his arms out
How’d I end up here?

a man sitting on a roof looking at a city

a man sitting on a roof looking at a city

a stone steps leading up to a large square in a desert
Be careful going down
a man leaning against a railing
#neverscared
a man standing in front of a large tower
Photo of the day

a large tower made of bricks

TPOL’s Trivia: The US used the minaret as a sniper tower to fight ISIS.

TPOL’s Turbans: Looking to blend in while in Samarra, purchase your own Urban Turban.

a man standing in front of a large tower with Great Mosque of Samarra in the background
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