Soltanieh Dome hoped to be more striking at the start of the landscape project

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TEHRAN – On Saturday, an all-inclusive landscaping project began on the Soltanieh Dome properties in hopes of making the UNESCO-listed mausoleum more attractive to visitors.

“The UNESCO-designated Soltanieh dome has been the subject of a landscaping project that includes cleaning, fencing, painting, restoring old excavation fields, planting trees and ornamental flowers. , and the installation of signs in three languages, ”said the CHTN, quoting the Director of World Heritage. say saturday.

The project began a day after visiting tourism minister Ezatollah Zarghami issued a decree to “revamp” the UNESCO site, the official said.

“During his visit to Soltanieh Dome, the Minister of Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts, Ezatollah Zarghami, issued a decree aimed at reorganizing the premises and properties of the site.

According to UNESCO, the Oljaytu Mausoleum is an essential link and a key monument in the development of Islamic architecture in Central and West Asia. The extremely rich interior of the mausoleum features magnificent glazed tiles, brickwork, marquetry, stucco, frescoes, and vivid artwork, among other decorations.

The Very Large Dome is the earliest extant example of this type and has become an important benchmark for the further development of the Islamic Dome. Likewise, the extremely rich interior of the mausoleum, which includes glazed tiles, masonry, marquetry or designs in inlaid materials, stucco and frescoes, illustrates a significant movement towards more elaborate materials and themes.

Its interior has been under renovation for a long time, full of scaffolding posts. However, its decoration is so impressive that academics, including the AU Pope, have described it as “anticipating the Taj Mahal”. It is the first extant example of the double hull dome in Iran.

According to UNESCO, the Oljaytu Mausoleum is an essential link and a key monument in the development of Islamic architecture in Central and West Asia. Here the Ilkhanids developed ideas that had been advanced during the classical Seljuk phase (11th to early 13th centuries), during which the arts of Iran distinguished themselves in the Islamic world, thus paving the way in the Timurid period (end of the 14th to 15th centuries), one of the most brilliant periods in Islamic art.

UNESCO says: “Excavations carried out in the 790 ha of the Oljaytu Mausoleum property have revealed additional remains of the Old Town, and much of this property has retained its archaeological character. Former capital of the Ilkhanid dynasty, Soltanieh represents an exceptional testimony to the history of the 13th and 14th centuries in Iran.

Great-grandson of Hulegu, founder of the Il-Khanid dynasty, Oljaytu was a Mongolian ruler who, after touching on various religions, adopted the Shiite name Mohammed Khodabandeh.

The property is named after the city of Soltanieh (“City of the Sultans”), which was briefly the capital of the Ilkhanid dynasty of Persia (a branch of the Mongol dynasty) in the 14th century.

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