Mausoleum in Hamadan

Alaviyan Dome

The name is now a misnomer, as the 12th-century green dome, immortalised in a Khaqani reference, has long since been removed. The dome-less brick tower remains famous for the whirling floral stucco added in the Ilkh…
Mausoleum in Hamadan

Baba Taher Mausoleum

Of a similar era to the BuAli Sina (Avicenna) Mausoleum but architecturally less successful is this heavily buttressed mausoleum. It looks like a failed prototype for Thunderbird 3. There’s little reason to go insid…
Religious in Hamadan

Esther & Mordecai Tomb

This vaguely Tolkeinesque, 14th-century tomb tower was once Iran’s most important Jewish pilgrimage site. These days visitors are few and far between and some of the Hebrew inscriptions have been repainted so often …
Archaeological Site in Hamadan

Hegmataneh Hill

In the mud beneath this scraggy low hill lies Hamadan’s ancient Median and Achaemenid city site. Small sections of the total area have been fitfully excavated by several teams over the last century, most extensively…
Mausoleum in Hamadan

BuAli Sina Mausoleum

Hamadan’s icon is the BuAli Sina (Avicenna) Mausoleum, a 1954 tower that looks something like a vast, unfinished concrete missile. It is loosely modelled on Qabus’s 1000-year-old tower in Gonbad-e Kavus, which BuAli…
in Hamadan

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