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So after a brief look at Gonbad-e-Arqala, a longer browse around Gonbad-e-Arqala and its grounds, we set off to find Gonbad-e-Qaffariyeh. My LP guide stated that it was in a riverside garden with a tacky trio of dolphins!!!!

Yes, they were quite tacky looking! This tomb had some interesting blue tile mosaics and calligraphy. You couldn't enter the tomb, but I spent a few minutes looking at the exterior, before wandering over to look at the nearby river. (which I think is the Safi River) Maraqeh is famed for its dry fruit, which is exported. The many vineyards and orchards are watered by the rivers and canals, which flow from the Sahand Mountain range, where the highest mountain peak reaches 3,722 metres.

Next, we set off to find the Gonbad-e- Kabul and the Borj-e- Modovar, which are next to each other. It took us over half an hour of driving around, stopping to ask directions, from people who hadn't heard of these tombs, or kept directing us back to Gorb-e- Sorkh. We just made it before the caretaker closed the gate.
Gonbad-e-Kabul, Kabood Dome, or Blue Tower, is thought to be the tomb of the mother of Hollakoo (Hulagu Khan) and dates back to the 6th or 7th Century AH. Hulagu Khan was the ruler during Mongol occupation of the city from 657AH.
It has a 10 sided prism like shape. Some of the remaining blue tiles can be seen on the exterior walls

Makeshift ladders allow access to this and the adjacent tower.

The Modovar Dome resembles a Watch tower, and probable served a use as a defence tower.

We'd eventually seen the towers, and so headed off to Takab, and our hotel for the night.

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  • Updated Jul 26, 2008
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