The mausoleum of Oljaytu was constructed in 1302–12 in the city of Soltaniyeh, the capital of the Ilkhanid dynasty, which was founded by the Mongols.

Situated in the province of Zanjan, Soltaniyeh is one of the outstanding examples of the achievements of Persian architecture and a key monument in the development of its Islamic architecture.

The octagonal building is crowned with a 50 m tall dome covered in turquoise-blue faience and surrounded by eight slender minarets. It is the earliest existing example of the double-shelled dome in Iran.

The mausoleum’s interior decoration is also outstanding and scholars such as A.U. Pope have described the building as ‘anticipating the Taj Mahal’.

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14 sites in this World Heritage

  • Soltaniyeh Dome
  • Seh Tappeh
  • Tappeh Qal'eh
  • Karvangah
  • Chelebi Oghlu
  • Qush Khaneh
  • Mollah Hassan Kashi Tomb
  • Ruins and kilns
  • Tappeh Dur
  • Emamzadeh Dur
  • Fenjanabad
  • Tappeh Nur Kuchak (not marked but the only unmarked site is 303300 4033850)
  • Tappeh Nur (TombTower)
  • Soltaniyeh pasture including Mostafa Khan site

Soltaniyeh Dome

Seh Tappeh

Tappeh Qal'eh

Chelebi Oghlu

Qush Khaneh

Mollah Hassan Kashi Tomb

Ruins and kilns

Tappeh Dur

Emamzadeh Dur

Fenjanabad

Tappeh Nur Kuchak (not marked but the only unmarked site is 303300 4033850)

Tappeh Nur (TombTower)

Soltaniyeh pasture including Mostafa Khan site

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DATA

Region
Asia and the Pacific
Country
Iran 
Category
Cultural
Name
Soltaniyeh
Selection Criteria (?)
(ii)(iii)(iv)
Year of Registered
2005
Keyword
Registered in 2005