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The title Po-i Kalan, meaning the "Grand Foundation", belongs to the architectural complex located at the base of the great minaret Kal鈔.

- Kalan minaret. More properly, Min鈘a-i Kal鈔, (Pesian/Tajik for the "Grand Minaret"). It is made in the form of a circular-pillar brick tower, narrowing upwards, of 9 meters diameter at the bottom, 6 meters overhead and 45.6 meters high. Also known as the Tower of Death, as for centuries criminals were executed by being tossed off the top.
- Kal鈔 Mosque(Masjid-i Kal鈔), arguably completed in 1514, is equal to the Bibi-Khanym Mosque in Samarkand in size. Although they are of the same type of building, they are absolutely different in terms of art of building.
- Mir-i Arab Madrassah (on the left side). There is little known about its origin, although its construction is ascribed to Sheikh Abdullah Yamani of Yemen, the spiritual mentor of early Shaybanids. He was in charge of donations of Ubaidollah Khan (gov. 1533-1539), devoted to construction of madrasah.
The entry is forbidden to the tourists.

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