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Isfahan Takht-e Fulad

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Takht-e Fulad

Takht-e Fulad is the fifth oldest historical cemetery of the Islamic world. The first written source that mentions the site is an 11 th-century book, which reports that Takht-e Fulad held the grave of the Israeli prophet Yushea, son of Noah.
The cemetery passed into Muslim ownership in the 8th-9th centuries and has since been known as Lesan al-Arz, Rokn aI-Din, or Takht-e Fulad. By the 15th century, it was the main graveyard of Esfahan and housed many significant tombs, of which the mausoleum of Baba Rokn al-Din was the most important. During the Safavid reign. the number of shrines exceeded 400, but few of them have remained. Large portions of the cemetery were Occupied by living quarters during the Qajar period; nevertheless the cemetery did not lose its importance. Until the end of the Pahlavi reign, Takht-e Fulad remained the only graveyard of Esfahan. It was in use until 1984, but after a new public burying ground was founded at Rezvan district to the east of Esfahan, Takht-e Fulad was closed. Most of its present crypts are Safavid (8 buildings), Qa¬jar (20 buildings), or Pahlavi (17 buildings) in date.
The best time to visit the cemetery is on Thursdays and Fridays, when most of the mausoleums are usually unlocked.

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