Attraction of Iran

Dome of Soltaniyeh


The road goes through Qazvin, Takestan and then to Zanjan, passing the turning for Qurveh. After about 1/5 hours drive from Qazvin,some 160 km.,

One can see the astonishing egg-shaped domeof the Mausoleum of Oljaitu, rising above the roof-tops of the little hamlet of Soltaniyeh about 8 km. to the left of the road.

The access track to the Mausoleum has now been improved. Although this building is later than the Seljuq period limiting this guide, it cannot be ignored.

Described by Pope as one of Persia supreme architectural achievements 129 it was built by Oljaitu in what was to have been the imperial capital of Soltaniyeh, at the beginning of the fourteenth century.

A Mongol tomb-tower and Khaneqah are also in the village and the traveller is strongly recommended to visit the Mausoleum whose impact cannot really be experienced from afar. Its dome has been described by Godard as being perfectly conceived and constructed.



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