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Soltaniyeh

Soltaniyeh

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’.

Soltaniyeh

Le mausolée d’Oljeitu fut construit entre 1302 et 1312 dans la ville de Soltaniyeh, capitale des tribus mongoles Ilkhanides. Situé dans la province de Zanjan, à quelque 240 km de Téhéran dans le nord-ouest de l’Iran, Soltaniyeh est l’un des exemples les plus saisissants de réalisations architecturales perses et un monument clé dans le développement de l’architecture islamique. Cet édifice de forme octogonale est surmonté d’une coupole majestueuse d’une hauteur de 50 m, recouverte de carreaux de faïence turquoise et entourée de huit minarets à la silhouette élancée. Cette structure constitue le plus ancien exemple existant de coupole double en Iran. La décoration de l’intérieur du mausolée est également admirable et des spécialistes tels qu’A.U. Pope ont qualifié ce bâtiment de « précurseur du Taj Mahal ».

السلطانية

شيِّد ضريح ألجيتو بين العامين 1302 و1312 في مدينة السلطانية، عاصمة القبائل المغولية الخاندية. تقع المدينة في مقاطعة زنجان على بعد حوالي 240 كلم من طهران شمال غرب إيران. وهي توفر أحد ألمع الأمثلة للإنجازات الهندسية الفارسية وتمثل نصباً أساسياً في تطور الهندسة المعمارية الإسلامية. يعلو هذا النصب المثمَّن الزوايا قبة مهيبة يبلغ ارتفاعها 50 متراً، تغطيها رسوم خزفية باللون الأزرق الفيروزي وتحيط بها ثماني مآذن رفيعة. كما تشكل هذه البنية أقدم مثال قائم لقبة مزدوجة في إيران. وتجدر الإشارة إلى أن الأسلوب الزخرفي داخل الضريح يبلغ مستوى رائعاً من الجمال وقد وصف أخصائيون من أمثال أ. بوب هذا النصب بـ"السابق للتاج محل".

source: UNESCO/ERI

苏丹尼叶城

苏丹尼叶城是伊卡哈尼德王朝(Ilkhanid dynasty)的首都,由蒙古人所建,并于1302-1312年间在该城修建了欧杰图陵墓。苏丹尼叶位于伊朗赞詹省,不仅是波斯建筑成就的良好典范,还是伊斯兰建筑发展史上的一个重要纪念碑。陵墓八角型的建物顶着一座50米高、覆盖土耳其蓝陶片的圆顶,并由八座细长的尖塔所围绕。它是伊朗现存的最早双层圆屋顶建筑,陵墓的内部装饰也很出色,波普等学者形容这座陵墓为“泰姬陵的先驱”。

source: UNESCO/ERI

Мавзолей Солтание (провинция Зинджан)

Мавзолей Ольджейту был сооружен в 1302-12 гг. в городе Солтание, бывшем столицей династии ильханов, основанной монголами (современная провинция Зинджан). Этот мавзолей является одним из выдающихся образцов достижений персидской архитектуры и ключевым памятником развития архитектуры ислама. Восьмиугольное здание высотой 50 м увенчано куполом, покрытым бирюзовыми изразцами и окруженным восемью стройными минаретами. Это самый ранний в Иране пример двухслойного купола. Украшения интерьера мавзолея также неординарно, и некоторые исследователи характеризуют это здание как «предвосхищение Тадж-Махала».

source: UNESCO/ERI

Soltaniyeh

El mausoleo de Öldjeytü fue construido entre 1302 y 1312 en la ciudad de Soltaniyeh, antigua capital de la dinastía mongol de los iljanidas. Situado al nordeste del Irán, en la provincia de Zanjan, a unos 240 km de Teherán, este monumento es uno de los ejemplos más notables de las realizaciones arquitectónicas persas y ha tenido una importancia decisiva en el desarrollo de la arquitectura islámica. El edificio del mausoleo es de forma octogonal y está rematado por una majestuosa cúpula doble de 50 metros de altura. Recubierta con azulejos turquesa y rodeada por ocho minaretes altos y esbeltos, esta cúpula es la más antigua de todo el Irán en su género. La ornamentación interior del mausoleo es admirable y el eminente especialista A. U. Pope lo ha calificado de “precursor del Taj Mahal”.

source: UNESCO/ERI

ソルターニーエ

source: NFUAJ

Soltaniyeh

Soltaniyeh ligt in de provincie Zanjan en is de hoofdstad van het Il-kanaat, een van de delen van het Mongoolse rijk. De stad is een uitstekend voorbeeld van de verworvenheden van de Perzische architectuur en een belangrijk monument voor de islamitische architectuur. Van 1302 tot 1312 werd het mausoleum van Oljaytu gebouwd. Dit achthoekige gebouw wordt bekroond met een 50 meter hoge koepel bedekt met turkooisblauw faience en omgeven door acht smalle minaretten. Het is het vroegst bestaande voorbeeld van de dubbele dop koepel in Iran. Het mausoleum is van binnen en buiten in uitstekende staat en is wel omschreven alsof het ‘anticipeert op de Taj Mahal’.

Source: unesco.nl

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Justification for Inscription

Criterion (ii): The Mausoleum of Oljaytu forms an essential link in the development of the Islamic architecture in central and western Asia, from the classical Seljuk phase into the Timurid period. This is particularly relevant to the double-shell structure and the elaborate use of materials and themes in the decoration.

Criterion (iii): Soltaniyeh as the ancient capital of the Ilkhanid dynasty represents an exceptional testimony to the history of the 13th and 14th centuries.

Criterion (iv): The Mausoleum of Oljaytu represents an outstanding achievement in the development of Persian architecture particularly in the Ilkhanid period, characterized by its innovative engineering structure, spatial proportions, architectural forms and the decorative patterns and techniques.

Long Description

As the ancient capital of the Ilkhanid dynasty, Soltaniyeh represents an exceptional testimony to the history of the 13th and 14th centuries. The Mausoleum of Oljaytu forms an essential link in the development of Islamic architecture in central and western Asia, from the classical Seljuk phase until the Timurid period. This is particularly relevant to the double-shell structure and the elaborate use of materials and themes in the decoration. It is outstanding by virtue of its innovative engineering structure, spatial proportions, architectural forms and the decorative patterns and techniques

Soltaniyeh is located some 240 km from Tehran in north-western Iran. There is archaeological evidence that the site had been occupied at least from the 1st millennium BC. The construction of the settlement was only started by the Ilkhanid dynasty, around 1290. The fourth Mongol ruler in Persia, Arqun Khan, decided to build a summer residence in this region, because it offered good hunting grounds and rich pastures for horse breeding. His son, Qazan Khan, had a mausoleum built over his tomb, now known as Tappeh Nur. There is little information about the beginnings of the new settlement until Oljaytu (later Sultan Muhammad Khodabandeh) came in to power in 1304 when he decided to enlarge the city and make it his capital, naming it Soltaniyeh (Imperial). Together with Tabriz, Soltaniyeh became a major trading centre on the route between Asia and Europe. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Soltaniyeh gradually declined and remained in ruins. Only a rural village was built over the remains.

The Mausoleum of Oljaytu, the principal monument of the city, constructed in 1302-12, stands in the middle of a rural settlement, surrounded by fertile meadows. The building is octagonal in form, rising to a stunning high-profile dome, covered with turquoise-blue faience tiles. This structure represents the earliest existing example of the double dome in Iran. The dome has no buttresses nor any additional thickness, and it is surrounded by eight slender minarets as a decorative feature. A wide band of square Kufic around the drum makes a transition between the light blue and the lapis lazuli blue of the main stalactite cornice. The second-storey galleries of the mausoleum open outwards, anticipating buildings such as the. Taj Mahal. Structurally the building is considered a masterpiece. The interior walls were originally faced with light golden-toned bricks and dark blue faience tiles to form large inscriptions in Kufic. However, in 1313, it was redecorated with plaster, using a rich variety of fine ornaments, often worked in low relief. The second phase of the decoration belongs to the period when the use of the monument as a Shi'a shrine was given up. The decoration of the exterior belongs to the first phase.

The immediate surroundings of the mausoleum consist of a stone terrace in the form of a citadel (Arg). Originally, the citadel was surrounded by a 30 m wide moat. Today this is an archaeological site.

Other monuments and sites in the World Heritage site include the Old City of Soltaniyeh, founded as the capital of Oljaytu in succession to Tabriz; the Mausoleum of Sultan Chelebi Oghlu, a brick structure from the 1330s with an octagonal tower; The Mausoleum of Mullah Hassan Kashi, a religious figure and poet at the court of Oljaytu; and the remains of Ghazan's tomb at Tappeh Nur, which, together with its adjacent remains known as the Tappeh Nur Kuchak, form an archaeological monument.

In historic texts the area of Soltaniyeh was called the 'Prairie of the Alezans' or the 'Falcon's Hunting Ground'. The special nature of these meadows is due to the soil, which prevents the entire absorption of rain water. As a result, it was especially fertile pasture, particularly appropriate for horse breeding. This was also one of the reasons for the establishment of the city in this location.

Source: UNESCO/CLT/WHC
Historical Description

In the 13th century, Persia was devastated by the Mongol invasions. They captured Baghdad in 1258, terminating the Abbasid caliphate there. They also founded the Ilkhanid Empire in Persia with the capital in Tabriz, in the northwestern part of present-day Iran. The title "ilkhan" indicated: ‘subordinate or peaceful khan' in deference to the Great Khan in China. After Kublai Khan died in 1294, and the Ilkhanids converted to Islam, the links with China became weaker. The Ilkhanid dynasty governed Persia until 1335.

There is archaeological evidence that the site of Soltaniyeh had been occupied at least from the first millennium BC. The construction of a settlement however only started by the Ilkhanid dynasty around 1290. The fourth Mongol ruler in Persia, Arqun Khan, decided to build a summer residence in this region, because it offered good hunting grounds and rich pastures for horse breeding. His son, Qazan Khan, had a mausoleum built over his tomb, now known as Tappeh Nur. There is little information about the beginnings of the new settlement until Oljaytu (later Sultan Muhammad Khodabandeh) came to power in 1304 and decided to enlarge the city and make it his capital, naming it Soltaniyeh, the "Imperial". Together with Tabriz, Soltaniyeh became a major trading centre on the route between Asia and Europe. The principal phase of construction was completed by 1313.

The Ilkhans had converted to Shi'ism, and they are believed to have wanted to transfer the relics of Calif Ali and his son, Hussein, from Baghdad to Soltaniyeh. This never happened, though, and the shrine became the mausoleum of Oljaytu instead. After the death of Oljaytu in 1316, the city started losing in importance, and later it fell in the hands of small local dynasties. In 1384, Tamerlan's army seized the city and sacked it, but spared Oljaytu's mausoleum. In the following years, the city suffered, though it continued to function as a commercial centre comparable to Tabriz. In the 16th and 17th centuries, Soltaniyeh gradually declined and remained in ruins. Only a rural village was built over the remains. Some restoration was undertaken in Oljaytu's Mausoleum in the 19th century. At the same time, the plain served as an instruction camp for the army of Qajar kings.

Source: Advisory Body Evaluation