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The Prophet's Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia, has several minarets.

The Prophet's Mosque in Medina, Saudi Arabia, has several minarets.

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Definition: A slim tower rising from a mosque, from which the adhan may be called. Early mosques did not have minarets; the adhan was simply called from any high point near the mosque. In modern times, microphones and speakers are often used to project the adhan, but minarets remain a common element in Islamic mosque architecture throughout the world.

Minarets are always attached to a mosque, and vary in height and style. Minarets may be square, round, or octagonal and are usually covered with a pointed roof. A mosque may have one or more minarets.

Pronunciation: min-a-ret
Examples:
The minaret of the mosque stands out in the city skyline.
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