Tasnim News Agency – Gonbad-e Qabus Tower: A UNESCO World Heritage Site; TNA

Iran – Gonbad-e Qābus

The Gonbad-e Qabus tower was built in 1006 AD on the orders of the Ziyarid Amir Shams ol-Ma’ali Qabus. It is located 3km north of the ancient city of Gorgan, from where the Ziyarid dynasty ruled.

A Kufic inscription at the bottom of the tower reads in Arabic: “This tall palace for the prince Shams ul-Ma’ali, Amir Qabus Ibn Wushmgir ordered to build during his life, in the year 1006 and the year 996”.

Even though the inscription does not explicitly refer to the rumor that the tower was built for the tomb for the prince Ziyarid ruler, it is believed that the Sultan’s body was put in a glass coffin and was suspended from the ceiling of the tower.

The tower, in the central part of the city, reaches 72 meters (236 ft.) (including the height of the platform).

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