Visit Guide to Mamun Ii Minaret

The Mamun II Minaret, built in 1011 in Konye Urgench, stood for centuries until destroyed by the Mongols. Reconstructed in the 14th century, it collapsed in 1895 due to an earthquake. Excavated and preserved during the Soviet Era, it holds historical significance in Turkmenistan’s past.

Getting There

Make your way to the town of Dashoguz, from where you can take a short taxi ride to Konye Urgench.

There are regular domestic flights connecting Dashoguz with the capital city, Ashgabat, as well as other major cities in Turkmenistan. You can also drive to Dashoguz from nearby Khiva in Uzbekistan or drive or take the train from Ashgabat.

What to Expect

The archaeological site of Konye Urgench is home to several other significant monuments that showcase the rich history and cultural heritage of the region. Some of the notable landmarks within the site include:

  • Kutlug Timur Minaret: This impressive minaret, built in the 14th century, stands as one of the tallest and most well-preserved structures in the area. It is adorned with intricate brickwork and intricate geometric patterns.
  • Turabek Khanum Mausoleum: This beautiful mausoleum, constructed in the 14th century, is dedicated to Turabek Khanum, the wife of the ruler Kutlug Timur. It features elegant architectural elements and decorative motifs.
  • Il Arslan Mausoleum: Built in the 12th century, this mausoleum is a remarkable example of Seljuk architecture. It is known for its dome and intricate geometric designs.
  • Sultan Tekesh Mausoleum: This mausoleum was built in the 12th century to honour Sultan Tekesh, a ruler of the Khwarazmian dynasty. It features a unique octagonal shape and intricate brickwork.
  • Dash Mosque: This 12th century mosque is characterised by its large size and distinctive architectural style. It includes a prayer hall, minaret, and a courtyard.


The Mamun II Minaret, constructed in 1011 during the reign of Abu’l-Abbas Ma’mun ibn Ma’mun, holds a significant place in Turkmenistan’s history. This ancient minaret stood for about two centuries until the devastating Mongol invasion in 1221, which left the city in ruins. It was rebuilt in the 14th century and thrived until the invasions led by Timur (Tamerlane) in the late 14th century. Unfortunately, an earthquake in 1895 caused the minaret to collapse, leaving only its base. The ruins remained hidden under shifting sands until they were excavated and preserved during the Soviet Era.

The Mamun II Minaret’s historical importance is further highlighted by the presence of the nearby Kutlug Timur minaret, which may have been constructed to surpass the height of the Mamun dynasty’s tower. The surviving Kutlug Timur minaret stands as a testament to the architectural rivalry of the time.

Facilities Available

  • Limited WC facilities are available
  • There are accommodation options in the nearby town of Dashoguz
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