The Leaning Tower of Pisa in Italy is world-famous. But very few people know about the shaking minarets of Ahmedabad!
Built in the 15th century, these minarets of Siddhi Bashir's mosque are unique. They are twenty metres high and each minaret has three storeys with carved stone balconies. When the top portion of one minaret is shaken, the vibrations travel down the hollow tower and pass through the arch to the other minaret, moving it in the opposite direction. A flat terrace joins the two minarets and serves as a bridge.
These minarets are shaken many times a day for the benefit of sight-seers who climb up the spiralling steps to reach the top. As one minaret starts swinging back and forth, the other, a distance away, also sways rhythmically. And this has been going on for over 400 years!
|The Shaking Minarets Of Ahmedabad|