Sheikh Safi al-din Khanegah and Shrine Ensemble, Ardabil

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Sheikh Safi al-Din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble is the tomb of Sheikh Safi-ad-din Ardabili located in Ardabil, Iran. In 2010, it was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List.HistorySheikh Safi, an eminent leader of an Islamic Sufi order established by the Safavids, was born in Ardabil where this complex is located. The Safavids valued the tomb-mosque form, and the tomb with its mausoleum and prayer hall is located at a right angle to the mosque. The buildings in the complex surround a small inner courtyard (31 by 16 meters). The complex is entered through a long garden.The Mausoleum of Sheikh Safi, in Ardabil, was first built by his son Sheikh Sadr al-Dīn Mūsā, after Sheikh Safi’s death in 1334. It was constructed between the beginning of the 16th century and the end of the 18th century. The mausoleum, a tall, domed circular tower decorated with blue tile and about 17 meters in height; beside it is the 17th-century Porcelain House preserving the sanctuary's ceremonial wares. Also part of the complex are many sections that have served a variety of functions over the past centuries, including a library, a mosque, a school, mausolea, a cistern, a hospital, kitchens, a bakery, and some offices. It incorporates a route to reach the shrine of the sheikh divided into seven segments, which mirror the seven stages of Sufi mysticism. Various parts of the mausoleum are separated by eight gates, which represent the eight attitudes of Sufism.Several parts were gradually added to the main structure during the Safavid dynasty. A number of Safavid sheikhs and harems and victims of the Safavids’ battles, including the Battle of Chaldiran, have been buried at the site. this mon ument is in the ali ghapu area
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  • Ardabil is a stopping point on the splendid drive from Astara on the Caspian Sea to Tabriz. This ancient town was an important location in the development of Shi'ism as a state religion and in the dev...  more »
  • For sure one of the best place in Ardabil to visit, you can see the Safavid architecture and art. The colors used in the designs, ceilings and walls are original and perfect. I recommend to visit this...  more »
  • This place is one of the most beautiful shrines and mosques in Iran we've visited. While its exterior looks beautifully plain, the highlight is its stunning interior of gold and blue color and the uni...  more »
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  • اردبیلین ان گؤزل تاریخی اثری. A beautiful complex in Ardabil city.
  • Yet another mausoleum in Iran. The coffin of the Sheikh is impressive as are the mosaics outside. The inside is being renovated, so expect scaffolding inside. They have a collection of china too.
  • It was beautiful and you can find some ancient letters and tombs in there
  • Fantastic. Beautiful mausoleum and knowledgeable attendants.
  • A very old and historical place, which you need to visit, while staying in Ardabil. This is the most famous place in Ardabil.