MINARET

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This is a tower built into or near most mosques. The name is de­rived from the Ara­bic word ma­n­ara, which means “giv­ing off light”. The minaret is usu­ally sur­rounded by a pro­ject­ing gallery from which a mosque of­fi­cial (a muez

zin) chants the call to prayer. In mod­ern times, record­ings are of­ten used.

Over the years the Great Mosque has un­der­gone var­i­ous ren­o­va­tions and ex­pan­sions. It now has 11 minarets.

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