Welcome to Soltaniyeh
Soltaniyeh (‘Town of the Sultans’) was purpose built by the Ilkhanid Mongols as their Persian capital from 1302. But less than a century later, in 1384, it was largely destroyed by Mongol invader Tamerlane. Today, the tiny town hosts day-tripping tourists eager to glimpse the Unesco-listed Oljeitu Mausoleum, rising starkly above the dusty plains like an ancient starship. There's a scattering of other monuments in the surrounding area.