The destructive 17 August 1999 M-w 7.4 Kocaeli and 12 November 1999 M-w 7.2 Duzce Earthquake caused significant damage on reinforced concrete (RC) minarets and many of them severely damaged or collapsed causing the loss of lives. Damages or collapses of these RC minarets after the miserable actions of nature compel us to revise our knowledge about the dynamic response. The experiences from the catastrophic strong ground motions also dictate to the practitioners that alternative structural load carrying systems should be used and/or the seismic resistance of widely used systems should be improved. In this study, the dynamic behaviors of traditional and proposed buttressed RC minarets were compared with each other. Findings of this study show that using buttressed structural load carrying systems in the earthquake prone regions is beneficial and these supporting system behaved well when compared to traditional RC systems. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.