In the Arab countries, the mosque minarets throughout the city and countryside have become a unique landscape. Among them, Kuwait has also built two very high water towers to solve the drinking water problem, forming a famous landscape. I have seen tens of thousands of minarets and water towers in many Arab countries because of my work relationship, and I was deeply shocked by their beauty.
Mosul ancient leaning tower
The ancient leaning tower of Mosul City, the third largest city in Iraq, stands in the courtyard of the Kebir Mosque on the west side of the city center. It is 52 meters high and was built in 1172. In terms of height, it is not as good as the Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy, but in terms of history, it is one year earlier than the Leaning Tower of Pisa.
The white tower is cylindrical and carved with various exquisite Arabic patterns on the wall. Looking up, the tall tower is upright, but it shows a significant tilt from the middle of the tower to the top of the tower, which is obviously different from the leaning tower of Pisa in Italy from the foundation to the top of the tower. . There are wooden escalators in the tower, and balconies on every level … giving people a sense of exquisiteness and ingenuity. Ascend the top of the leaning tower, overlooking the city of Mosul and the Tigris River, with unobstructed views.
A color image of the leaning tower of the mosque was painted on the Iraqi currency denominated in 10 denars issued by the Central Bank of Iraq more than a decade ago.
In Morocco, there is a tower that emits fragrance day and night (pictured), which not only gives people a visual enjoyment but also an olfactory enjoyment. It is called “Kutoubia”, and the locals call it the incense tower. The incense tower is located in the Koutoubia Mosque in the ancient city of Marrakesh in southwestern Morocco. When visiting the incense tower, we seemed to have entered the world of Zhilan and entered the courtyard. The rich aroma was refreshing. The 67-meter-tall incense tower was built in 1195. After 800 years of sun and rain, the wind and sand have eroded, and there is no major damage so far.
Where does the aroma of the incense come from? Why can it have a strong fragrance for a long time? The temple’s Imam told the author that when the tower was built, artisans mixed 9,600 bags of rich, precious musk and other spices in the mud and paint binder for stone masonry. Years of incense.
Kuwait Water Tower
Water towers around the world, in addition to their practical functions, also beautify the city as a landscape. There are many water towers in the Arab countries, and the Kuwaiti water tower is the first. “The water tower is just below.” When I was flying with a local friend in Kuwait overlooking the city, he asked me to look at the two water towers through portholes. They are located on the eastern seashore, and are also observation towers for watching the scenery of the bay. They are the proud landmarks and national symbols of Kuwaiti people, and attract countless tourists every year.
The light blue spherical water storage tower with a pattern is the main tower, which is 187 meters high. There are two round spheres of different sizes built on the body. The small round sphere at the top is 121 meters above the ground. The cafe, which rotates every half an hour, sits in the cafe and has a panoramic view of Kuwait’s cityscape and the bay. The round sphere on the lower level of the main tower is a luxurious restaurant that can accommodate hundreds of people to eat. The other water tower is a pure water storage tower with a height of 147 meters.
The Cairo Tower is a product of modern Egypt. It is located on the banks of the Nile and stands on the island of Cairo. It was built in the 1960s and is 187 meters high. It is one of the tallest concrete towers in the world and a symbol of Cairo.
The lower entrance steps and base of the Cairo Tower are inlaid with granite from Aswan. The upper part of the tower looks like a blooming lotus flower, and on top of it is a pointed post, reaching to the sky.
Whenever night falls, the modern spotlight shines on the towering Cairo tower on the banks of the Nile, and the whole tower emits a dazzling light.