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Iran, Soltaniyeh

 Posted by , last edited on December 12, 2013 at 04:26:33

Location Zanjan province, Iran
Coordinates N36 26 7.008 E48 47 48.012
Property 790 ha
Date of Inscription 2005

Brief Description (http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1188 )

The mausoleum of Oljaytu was constructed in 1302–12 in the city of Soltaniyeh, the capital of the Ilkhanid dynasty, which was founded by the Mongols. Situated in the province of Zanjan, Soltaniyeh is one of the outstanding examples of the achievements of Persian architecture and a key monument in the development of its Islamic architecture. The octagonal building is crowned with a 50 m tall dome covered in turquoise-blue faience and surrounded by eight slender minarets. It is the earliest existing example of the double-shelled dome in Iran. The mausoleum’s interior decoration is also outstanding and scholars such as A.U. Pope have described the building as ‘anticipating the Taj Mahal’.

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