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Monar-e Jonban or Shaking Minarets

SHAKING MINARATES (MONARE JONBAN)

          It is the most famous historic monument all over Iran, but it is not the most important building.

          Shaking Minaret was built in 1316 during IlKhanid period. It was constructed over the tomb of a Sufi learned man called Abdollah Soqla.

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          The building was ornamented by pieces of dark blue tiles and brick. It is a vaulted building. There are two small and semi light brick towers on the top of eivan added at the time of Safavid dynasty. Each minaret has a very narrow spiral staircase to the top of minaret.

The summit of each minaret has small open arches. It is very famous because one can shake not only the minarets, but also the whole eivan and the vault.

There is a staircase from ground floor to the roof of the vault and eivan, if you climb to the summit of one of minarets, through narrow staircase and hold the minaret by hands and shake it, the same minaret and the opposite minaret shake.

People watching from the courtyard can see it shaking and visitors on the roof see and also feel minor shaking.

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Each minaret is about six meters tall and the arch’s width is about ten meters. Isfahanologists believe that all minarets shake a little, but in this monument, it shakes remarkably.

It is located in far west of Isfahan. During peak season of domestic tourism, thousands of visitors pay a visit to this monument.

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