Chehel Dokhtaran minaret

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Chehel Dokhtaran minaret
Chehel Dokhtaran minaret is located in Iran
Chehel Dokhtaran minaret
Shown within Iran
Basic information
Location Jouybare quarter, Isfahan, Iran
Geographic coordinates 32°39′54″N 51°42′08″E / 32.665°N 51.702222°E / 32.665; 51.702222Coordinates: 32°39′54″N 51°42′08″E / 32.665°N 51.702222°E / 32.665; 51.702222
Province Isfahan
Municipality Isfahan
Architectural description
Architectural type Minaret
Architectural style Razi
Completed 1112
Height (max) 21 m

Chehel Dokhtaran minaret (Persian: مناره چهل دختران‎) is a historical minaret in Isfahan, Iran. It is located in the Jouybare quarter of Isfahan. According to the kufic inscription on the minaret, it is built in 1112. It is the fifth oldest minaret in Iran, which has an inscription. There's a big window on the minaret, which faces the qibla. This feature does not exist in other minarets of Isfahan. There is a spiral staircase in the minaret, which leads to the top of it. This minaret is 21 meters high.[1]

Etymology[edit]

Chehel Dokhtaran in Persian means ' forty girls'. The origin of its meaning is unknown. The number 'forty' in the Iranian culture is used for exaggerating. Maybe there was once a building beside it, which pertained exclusive to women and it does not exist any more. The people of the Neighborhood call this minaret also Garland minaret. Garland was a British religious missionary, who came to Iran in the early 20th century and worked near the minaret.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 'Hosseyn Yaghoubi (2004). Arash Beheshti, ed. Rāhnamā ye Safar be Ostān e Esfāhān(Travel Guide for the Province Isfahan) (in Persian). Rouzane. p. 112. ISBN 964-334-218-2.