Mausoleum in Maraqeh

Gonbad-e Kabul

The lovely Gonbad-e Kabul is thought to be the tomb of Mongol ruler Hulagu Khan’s mother. It’s attractively dotted with blue-tiled inlay but let down by its backdrop of school buildings and a shopping centre.

Historic Site in Maraqeh

Maraqeh Observatory

Mongol ruler Hulagu Khan constructed an observatory here in the 13th century for brilliant mathematician Nasruddin Tusi (Nasir al-Tusi), who advanced Ptomely's planetary theories using his geometric Tusi couple...

Mausoleum in Maraqeh

Gonbad-e Sorkh

Of several fine tomb towers scattered around town, this has the most interesting form, with a square plan topped by a pinched octagon. An upper window hole is positioned such that sunlight shines directly onto...

Mausoleum in Maraqeh

Gonbad-e Arqala

An attractive, domed stone building, Gonbad-e Arqala houses a fine collection of gravestones and pre-Islamic totems.

Mausoleum in Maraqeh

Gonbad-e Qaffariyeh

The squat Gonbad-e Qaffariyeh sits forlornly in a riverside garden with a tacky trio of concrete dolphins.