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[an error occurred while processing this directive]Sheikh Safi al-din Khanegah and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil, Iran

[an error occurred while processing this directive][an error occurred while processing this directive] The Sheikh Safi al-din Khanegah and Shrine Ensemble are ancient monuments in Ardabil, Iran, that have been recognized by as a World Heritage Site. This is a mausoleum of Sheikh Safi-ad-din Is'haq Ardabili, that was erected by his son Sheikh Sadr al-Din Musa in 1334.

Sheikh Safi al-din Khanegah and Shrine Ensemble are recognised for their wealth of Islamic ornamentation. The path towares the shrine follows the seven stages of Sufi mysticism, through eight different gates. They represent the eight attitudes of Sufism. The interior façade of the shrine and mausoleum are richly ornamented, with floral, geometric and calligraphy designs over almost every spare inch.


Sheikh Safi al-din's mausoleum in Ardabil, Iran
Sheikh Safi al-din's mausoleum in Ardabil, Iran
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Sheikh Safi al-din Khanegah is a complex that includes a religious school, a mosque, even a hospital, kitchen, bakery and offices. Together, they form a city-within-a-city that houses the tomb of the founder of the Safavid Dynasty.

Sheikh Safi al-din Khanegah and Shrine Ensemble in Ardabil was inscribed as a World Heritage Site during the 34th session of the World Heritage Committee in Brasilia, Brazil, on 25 July - 3 August, 2010.

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N38 14 55 E48 17 29
Inscription Year: 2010
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, IV

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