Minaret Choli

Minaret Choli is located on the edge of Minara Park in downtown Erbil.   Named after Atabikian Sultan Muzefer al-ddin Koukebri, who ruled over Erbil from 1190 to 1232 A.D., th

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Minaret Choli is located on the edge of Minara Park in downtown Erbil.

 

Named after Atabikian Sultan Muzefer al-ddin Koukebri, who ruled over Erbil from 1190 to 1232 A.D., the Choli Minaret is believed to be all the remains of a related mosque. "Choli" comes from the word meaning "mainland," because the Ottoman Empire had such far-reaching rule at the time. Minaret Choli has a diameter of 21 feet and is more than 66 feet tall! This minaret is the second most famous archaeological site in Erbil. It is surrounded by a public park.[i]

 

Assessed for renovations in 2006, a complete conservation and stabilization overhaul of the Minaret of Choli was carried out in 2008 and 2009 with support from the Ministry of Tourism and Heritage of the Kurdistan Regional Government. Missing and unknown parts were reconstructed, all remaining parts were carefully conserved and retouched. The Gema Art Group was given the winning bid for the project.[ii]

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[i] "Choly Minaret." Hawler Governorate. Retrieved 2014-07-18.

 

[ii] "Iraq - Stabilization and Conservation of Minaret Choli, Erbil." Gema Art Group. Retrieved 2014-07-18.

The Choli Minaret can easily be spotted from a distance due to its towering height. A cable car connects Minara Park with Shanidar Park, so pedestrians can enjoy the scenic views. There is no entrance fee to view the minaret or park.

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