Something I’m working on … and a stupid question

I saw this photo of a tower in Damascus Syria and thought it would be a really cool piece of scenery to make for my middle east games. So, here it is almost done and wearing it’s first coat of primer.

So, here’s the stupid question; Does anyone know what it is? My best guess would be some sort of memorial or monument or maybe one of those towers with speakers at the top that do the daily call to prayer thing. But it seems like a lot of work (and concrete) for a speaker tower.