Minarets in Isfahan

Some of the Minarets in Isfahan can be listed as below:

  1. Ali minaret – 11th century
  2. Bagh-e-Ghoushkhane minaret – 14th century
  3. ChehelDokhtaran minaret – 12 century
  4. Dardasht minarets – 14th century
  5. Darozziafe minarets – 14th century
  6. MenarJonban – 14th century
  7. Sarban minaret

1. Ali minaret

Ali minaret is the oldest minaret in Isfahan, which dates back to the 11th century. This minaret is 48 meters (157 ft.) in height and is the second highest historical minaret in Isfahan after the Sarban minaret. It is said that this minaret was originally 50 meters (160 ft.), but its height has been decreased 2 meters (6 ft. 7 in) in the course of time. There are four inscriptions on the Ali minaret. One of the inscriptions is made of brick and the others are made of ceramic.

2.Bagh-e-Ghoushkhane minaret

Bagh-e-Ghoushkhane minaret dates back to the 14th century. In the olden days it was in the neighborhood of the old city gate. Because of its proximity to the Ali ebn-e Sahl mausoleum it is also known as Ali-ebn-e-Sahl minaret. Its newest famous name is Bagh-e-Ghoushkhane minaret, because of its proximity to the Ghushkhaneh garden. A part of its vertex and tiles have collapsed.

3. ChehelDokhtaran minaret

ChehelDokhtaran minaret is located in the Jouybareh district of Isfahan. According to the Kuficinscription on the minaret, it is built in 1112. It is the fifth oldest minaret in Iran, which has an inscription. There’s a big window on the minaret, which faces the Qibla. This feature does not exist in other minarets of Isfahan. There is a spiral staircase in the minaret, which leads to the top of it. This minaret is 21 meters high. The minaret had been originally higher, but in the course of time, its height has been decreased. The minaret towers over the city quarter and can be seen from the far distance, but it is difficult to reach it through the mazes of winding alleys and narrow streets.

4. Dardasht minarets

Dardasht minarets are two historical minarets in Isfahan which are on a portal in the neighborhood of SoltanBakht Agha Mausoleum. These minarets date back to the era of the Muzaffarids. The top part of the minaret has been destroyed.

5. Darozziafe minarets

Darozziafe minarets are located in the old Jouybareh district on the Ebn-e-Sina Street. These 14th century minarets are built on the both sides of a portal. There is an inscription with white script on the ultramarine background under the above Muqarnas. Only three arabic words of “و من دخله” have been remained, which mean someone, who enters.

6. MenarJonban minarets

 The Menar Jonban (shaking Minarets) is a mosque in Isfahan, which was built in 14th century to cover the grave of Amu-Abdollah Soqla. This interesting and unique monument has been constructed 700 years ago and its architectural design includes an entrance hall (with dimension of 13.6mx10.8m in plan and 10m in height) covered by an ancient tomb roof. Two circular masonry brick towers (with 7.5m in height) are located on top of the roof by a distance of 9.2 m from each other.  Its special feature is that if either of Minarets is shaken, the other minaret will vibrate as well. The Ivan and the porch were probably erected shortly after 1316 to cover the grave of Amu-Abdollah Soqla, a hermit, who was buried there. There are also pieces of marble stone on the grave that Holy Quran “Yassin” was written on that and makes it more beautiful. There are other inscriptions in the tomb, including inscriptions on the marble top of the original stone Anobanini, the righteous and pious uncle as a man named Abdollah.

The mausoleum was built while the minarets were added later by architect Sheikh Bahai. The architectural style of the monument is that of the Mongol era and completed with dark blue tiles in the form of stars decorating two arches and the sides of the portico. 

The minarets are of later, probably Safavid era origin and are largely responsible for the fame of the otherwise unremarkable shrine. Because of the ratio between the height and width of the minarets and the width of Ivan if you climb into one minaret and shake it, the other will shake in unison.

The wooden beams on the upper part of the minarets have been placed there to facilitate the shaking of the minarets, but the presence of wood in the brickwork causes other complication. Shaking is in theory restricted to once every twenty minutes, however, particularly during holidays, there is a constant stream of visitors who experiment with phenomena and visitors will have ample chance to observe it from ground level without running the risk of being blamed for any further dereliction. 

In the past time, they didn’t shake the Minarets and people just went up the stairs and felt no shaking but now a days, with in a specific time, it’s been nearly about two years they are shaking (the minarets) and it’s a special feature in this building and you can go up the stairs and enjoy your time.

The porch is 10 meters high and 10 meters in width the minarets are 7 meters taller and are 4 meters in circumference. There are two rooms in this building that is known as Chele Khune.

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