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Gonbad-e Qabus Tower Historical Facts and Pictures
Built in 1006 AD, the Gonbad-e Qabus tower is an all-brick structure located at the centre of the city Gonbad-e Qabus in Iran. More than 1000 years old, this iconic monument is the only surviving evidence of the ancient Jorjan city. Two Kufic inscriptions on the structure commemorate the Zyriad ruler and literati, Qābus Ibn Voshmgir as its founder.
Architectural description of Gonbad-e Qabus Tower
Built of baked-bricks, the tower is one of the finest illustrations of Islamic architecture. The innovative design displays exquisite geometric forms throughout the structure. The decagon shape of the building with a diameter of 17 – 15.5 m, is accompanied by a conical roof.
Interior of Gonbad-e Qabus Tower
The interior of the building consists of earlier Muqarnas designs. The tower also houses the tomb of the prince of Ziyarid dynasty, which is believed to be contained within a glass coffin on a suspended ceiling from the roof.
This 53 m high monumental structure is considered as the tallest brick-tower in the world and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012. The sublime technology of the structure emphasizes the development of science and mathematics in the Muslim world during that period.