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This Tomb Tower is located within a walled garden, and is considered to be the most interesting of the tomb towers of Maraqeh. Named the red tower, presumably due to its terracotta brick structure.

The tower is square, with a squinch- pinched octagen

- A Squinch is typical of Islamic, particularly Persian architecture, where a square room is topped by an octagonal or spherical dome, the squinch is the construction which fills the angle between the square, forming a proper base for the dome.

The brickwork is designed in various styles around the walls and columns, with some quite intricate patterns being formed.( Pic 2) Above the doorway are some remaining blue tiles and kufic tilework. (Pics 4 & 5)

Inside, there doesn't appear much to see, However, look up to the windows inside the dome. According to my LP 'The upper window hole is positioned with such astronomical precision that sunlight shines directly onto the inner door at Spring equinox' (Pic 3)

It is thought that this, along with similar findings at a tower in Radkan, near Mashad, enabled Nasruddin Tusi (Nasir-Al- Tusi), one of Irans most brilliant mathematicians to accurately calculate the Earths diameter, many centuries before the Western world even realised that the earth was round!

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  • Written Jul 26, 2008
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