Se Gonbad or Three Domes: A Monument in Iran's Oroumiyeh
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Se Gonbad (three domes) is a tomb tower in the southeastern part of Iran's northwestern ciyt of Urmia (also Oroumiyeh).
It is believed that it was named three domes as the original tower had three levels that each had an arched entrance.
Some historians believe that this brick tower was built in place of a Sassanid (226-651 CE) fire temple, although this claim has never been verified.
According to an inscription above the entrance, the tower was built on the order of a Seljuq (1038-1118) nobleman in 1184.
The current tower is a 13-meter structure with a girth of 5 meters and has two levels. The first level has a 1.70-centimeter-tall door and is considered the basement and the second level, which is the tomb chamber, has a 2.5- meter-high door.
The façade of the building is decorated with sculpted stone, stucco reliefs with geometric shapes and three inscriptions in the Kufic calligraphy hand. This tower has been registered as a National Heritage Site.
Source: To Iran