Mausoleum of Öljeitü

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Mausoleum of Öljeitü
Olcaytu Xudabəndə türbəsinin kəsiyi-001.jpg
Basic information
Location  Iran Zanjan Province, Soltaniyeh, Iran
Affiliation Islam
Region Iran
District Soltaniyeh
Architectural description
Architectural type Mausoleum
Architectural style Islamic
Completed 1312
Dome height (outer) 49 m
Minaret(s) 6

The Mausoleum of Öljeitü is a 14th-century mausoleum of the Il-khan Öljeitü, also known as Muhammad Khodabandeh, in Soltaniyeh, Iran. Traditionally the structure is known as the Dome of Soltaniyeh.


The structure, erected from 1302 to 1312 CE, was claimed to be the oldest double-shell dome in Iran.[1] This erroneous view of the construction was made by Dieulafoy but is totally disputed by Andre Godard.[2] In Godard's view it is a normal, if spectacularly large dome, with a thin skin on top for the faïence and is in no way a double dome. Its importance in the Muslim world may be compared to that of Brunelleschi's cupola for Christian architecture. It is one of the largest brick domes in the world, just at the theoretical engineering limit for a brick dome and the third largest dome in the world after the domes of Florence Cathedral and Hagia Sophia.[1]

The Dome of Soltaniyeh paved the way for more daring Iranian-style cupola constructions in the Muslim world, such as the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yasavi and the Taj Mahal. Much of its exterior decoration has been lost, but the interior retains superb mosaics, faience, and murals.

People[who?] have described the architecture of the building as “anticipating the Taj Mahal.”

The estimated 200 ton dome stands 49 meters (161 feet) tall from its base, and is currently undergoing extensive renovation.


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  1. ^ a b [1][dead link]
  2. ^ A Survey of Persian Art Vol III page 1115
  3. ^ سلطان گنبدها | جدید آنلاین. Retrieved on 2012-02-10.
  4. ^ Flash video.