Tolo News: One of the five minarets, each 55 meters tall, in downtown Herat city, is on the verge of destruction while others have a ruined image due to “inattention” by relevant departments, local officials said. The minaret is protected by steel cables for the past two decades but the cables have lost their strength to protect the minaret. The minarets known as Musalla Minarets of Herat are the remains of 20 minarets of the former Musalla complex. The minarets and the complex were built by Queen Gawhar Shad in 1417. The Musalla complex with 20 minarets was fully intact and magnificent until 1885 when the complex was destroyed by the British in a conflict with Russia. Click here to read more (external link).