History of Isfahan has faced with several ups and downs, destructive wars and fragile short periods of peace. Security of the city was severely damaged or vanished, and people’s lives in danger. All people wished to live in peace and prosperity, but most of the time; they were oppressed and suffered by invaders such as Mongols, by selfish rulers. Either they were killed by invaders or were forced to follow destructive decisions and commands of rulers.
|Minarets of Isfahan at a glance
The Iranian minaret, in which group we also include the eastern Islamic examples in Afghanistan, India and the areas of the Caspian Sea, have their shafts slightly tapering off towards the top and possess one or two ambulatories for the muezzin. They are fifty or more meters high and are built of baked brick, and partially of glazed brick as decorative elements. Within the shaft of the minaret there are spiral staircases.
| SHAKING MINARATES (MONARE JONBAN)
It is the most famous historic monument all over Iran, but it is not the most important building.
Shaking Minaret was built in 1316 during IlKhanid period. It was constructed over the tomb of a Sufi learned man called Abdollah Soqla.
The building was ornamented by pieces of dark blue tiles and brick. It is a vaulted building. There are two small and semi light brick towers on the top of eivan added at the time of Safavid dynasty.
| ALI MOSQUE AND MINARET
The Ali Mosque was originally constructed during Seljuik period but the mosque was renovated during Safavid dynasty.
The beautiful inscription which has decorated the mosque’s portal shows it was rebuilt in 1522. The mosque was named after the first Shiite Imam Ali. It is one of the most important religious buildings in Isfahan.
| SAREBAN MINARET
It was built at the time of Seljuks. Sareban is a Persian word which means “The camel driver”. It is about 40 meters high. The minaret is divided to seven parts and positions, mainly made of different designed bricks and tile mosaic work. At the top of the minaret there is a long marrow window.
| CHEHEL DOKHTARAN
Chehel Dokhtaran means “The forty virgins”. Forty is a popular Iranian word, which indicates a large number.
It was built in the 12th century. A Kufic inscription which has decorated the minaret’s base indicates year of construction. It is 21 meters high now, but the original minaret was much higher than the present minaret.
| MINARET OF BAGH-E QUSH KHANEH
The minaret is located next to the royal hunting park of Shah Abbas the first called Bagh-e Qush Khaneh. It was built at the time of Il Khanid. It is 38 meters high.
| DAR AL- ZIAFEH MINARET
It was built in the 14th century. The minaret was built at one of entrances to Isfahan. It is said that a reception building was attached to the gate and minaret. Dar Al Ziafeh Minaret consists of a twin minarets which are located at the two sides of an arched shape gate way.