Mausoleum of Oljaitu

Mausoleum of Oljaitu, Soltaniyeh: Tickets, Tours, Hours, Address, Mausoleum of Oljaitu Reviews: 4.5/5

Mausoleum of Oljaitu
4.5
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7:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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marekp59
Gdansk, Poland1,784 contributions
Amazing
Jun 2019
I have already written about this place by mistake as Dome of Soltaniyeh. Dome is just a dome when it comes to accuracy. I will say again that this is an amazing place when it comes to architecture. Of course, it's also historically amazing. A must see.
Written November 4, 2019
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Ardalanyekta
Tehran, Iran108 contributions
Amazing and the largest brick dome in the world
Jun 2019 • Family
This mausoleum, as an artistic masterpiece of Iranian and Islamic architecture, in Azari style is the first monument through which we can clearly follow the evolution process of Persian-Islamic architecture from Seljuk to Ilkhanid. Brick is the main material used in this building.
Inter the building and visit the Greatness of this place over your head.
Written June 10, 2019
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Brun066
Florence, Italy10,511 contributions
A good place to meditate on the mutability of human fate
May 2018 • Friends
We stopped to admire this unmissable mausoleum during our journey from Ghydar to Zanjan.
Many reviewers have already written on the grandeur of this building, on the scar that the scaffolding currently occupying the dome brings to its beauty, on the view that can be admired from the terraces, both towards the inner building and towards the surrounding area. Here I would like to develop another thought, the main that this wonder has aroused in me.
Through an explanatory panel inside the church, we are informed that the dome of this mausoleum - completed in 1312AD - is the third largest in the world among the ancient ones, after that of the Florence Cathedral (1436AD) and that of Saint Sophia in Constantinople-Istanbul (537AD). Probably the ranking is established by measuring the domes according to the volume inside them (therefore diameter + height).
But the most amazing side in my view is that while the other two domes were built within cities which were very important at the time of construction, and have remained important to this day, even after the "golden age" which allowed the construction, the dome of the Oljaitu mausoleum stands in a sort of desert. In fact, the mausoleum's area is essentially a field of ruins, with the addition of some modest modern construction. An archaeological area, with the exception of the mausoleum.
The reason for this current aspect of Soltaniyeh is well known: the city's destruction - except the mausoleum - carried out by Tamerlane in 1384. But this story is symbolic of a common destiny to many cities of Central Asia, that almost suddenly went from being splendid and very rich metropolis, to be bare fields; or viceversa.
This can happen anywhere, but in Central Asia it seems particularly frequent. An emblematic case has always seemed to me the city - also Persian - of Merv, in present-day Turkmenistan, reputed by some historians as probably the most populous city in the world at the beginning of the XIII century (500.000 inhabitants?), and annihilated in 1221, with the almost total massacre of its population by the troops of the Mongol chief Tolui, Genghis Khan's son.
Instead in Soltaniyeh the Mongols, elsewhere or in other times destroyers, were excellent builders. The absolute despotism perpetrates immense destruction, but it is also able - if it decides - to achieve fabulous edifices like this. A world of extremely strong contrasts!
Written June 29, 2018
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amirhossein f
Tehran, Iran860 contributions
Mausoleum of Oljaitu
Apr 2018
This building was built during the reign of Sultan Mohammad Khodabandeh (Oliyatou) during 9 years (from 704 to 712 AH). Regarding this building, many hypotheses in terms of proportions, combinations, combinations, and other features have been expressed by historians, geographers, archaeologists and even ordinary people with two dominant figures:

The first theory relates to the early historians and geographers who have introduced the monument to the monastery of Sultan Mohammad Khodabandeh Oljeito. The second theory relates to the assignment and assignment of the building, on the part of Oljeito, to the tomb of Alibn Abi Talib (PBUH) and Hosseinbn Ali (AS).

Experts have rejected the study of architectural elements, the study of the elements of architecture, the assignment and appropriation of the monument to Soltanieh's dome to the shrine of the Imams (AS), and it has become clear that the Shrine of Soltanieh has grown to be the first to imitate the tombs in Iran.

Soltanieh Dome commemorates the splendor of the Cathedral of St. Mary in Florence, Italy, and the Aesophyll mosque of Turkey. This is the third largest historical building in the world and the first major monument of Iranian history. This building was the tallest building in the world during its establishment.

The exhibit objects in this museum include: Explored objects from Soltaniyeh include various types of pottery and a simple plate, a variety of tiles, goldsmiths, crests, plains, mosaics ..., various copper and silver coins of the Ilkhani era. ..

The Archaeological Museum of Soltanieh Dome is located at the entrance to Soltanieh Dome
Written April 30, 2018
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bobca1947
home661 contributions
Well worth a visit!
Oct 2017 • Friends
This UNESCO-listed mausoleum was constructed in the early 14th century by Mongol sultan Oljato Khodabandeh. It was meant to house the remains of Imam Ali, Mohammed's son-in-law, but the sultan had a change of heart and made it his own burial place instead. The mausoleum's dome, or gonbad, is over 150 feet high and is the highlight of the complex. Covered in turquoise, the dome is a fine example of early Islamic architecture.
Written November 9, 2017
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Janice_Iran2014
Tehran, Iran47 contributions
Fantastic but wish they would hurry up with the renovations
Jun 2017 • Couples
This is an amazing place to see so it's a pity that scaffolding almost completely covers the inside of the building making it almost impossible to get a sense of the dome from the inside. Some imagination required. Still, you can walk around at about mid level inside and outside and that's well worth it and plenty of intricate tiling work remains. Looking out at the town and nearby countryside is nice on a sunny day. Don't let anyone talk you into paying for private transport to and from Zanjan when a shared taxi from meydan-e honarestan costs about 15 toman ($4) per person each way. Would be great to come back when the renovations are complete but I have a feeling the scaffolding is going to be there for a while...
Written July 6, 2017
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J0anned568
Canberra, Australia691 contributions
Magnificent - also called Soltaniyeh
May 2017 • Friends
This area was the ancient capital of the Illkanid dynasty (the Mongols). The building is of major historic significance as it represents earliest example of a double dome still in existence in Iran. The dome is covered on the outside with magnificent blue tiles and the building itself contains many examples of mosaic brickwork with later additions of plaster work and tiles. The scaffolding in the building hides much of the interior but it still possible to see the building. It is worthwhile climbing the stairs to the first floor gallery and then onto the higher level that gives access to the outside balcony. The upper floors show exquisite use of coloured bricks. The steps are steep but manageable.

At the entrance is a small gift shop with lovely handmade jewellery and other objects. The daggers are lovely but probably difficult to export
Written May 28, 2017
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rdella
Princes Risborough, UK1,654 contributions
Amazing tiles
Apr 2017 • Couples
Hardly anyone visits here - almost tardis like as bigger inside than on the outside. Inside is covered in scaffolding to do preservation work but it does not distract from the visit.

Plenty of lovely architecture and tiling to see and also cool 1
Written May 24, 2017
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karlyn
32727112 contributions
Gorgeous
Oct 2016 • Couples
This was well worth the visit. Built in the early 14th Century by Mogul Sultan Oljatu Khodabandeh to house the remains of Iman Ali, Mohammed's son-in-law, but the sultan had a change of heart and made it his own burial place. The dome is over 150 feet high and is covered with turquoise faience. It is an excellent example of early Islamic architecture. When we visited there was serious restoration going on inside so that some views of the interior details can be lost in the scaffolding but one can get past that and really enjoy a very beautiful place.
Written May 7, 2017
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