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Yahya' Shrine - Varamin

Front side
back side
influence of chinese art in Persia
A grave
signs that tell us : she was a lady
Another mausoleum
Yousef razi's mausoleum
stones of old graves
she was a lady
she was a lady
old bridge in varamin road
Yahya 'as shrine is one of the most important shrines in persia.
This building was built 700 years ago in The Ilkhanids era
Here you can see influence of chinese art in Persia.
And most of it's beautiful Tiles are in Metroppolitan Museum in New york city.

* 1256–1353 The Ilkhanids, the branch of the Mongol dynasty that takes control of West Asia after putting a definitive end to the cAbbasid caliphate (1258), establish rule from the city of Tabriz in northwestern Iran. Following the Ilkhanid sultan Ghazan's conversion to Islam in 1295, both religious and secular arts flourish. East Asian elements absorbed into the existing Perso-Islamic repertoire create a new artistic vocabulary, one that is emulated from Anatolia to India, profoundly affecting Islamic art. In this regard, the arts of the book, especially illustration, are particularly significant. The widespread use of paper enables the transfer of designs from one medium to another.

Originally part of a larger shrine complex including an octagonal tomb tower and entrance portal, the remaining naked tomb shrine is victim of over one hundred years of looting. Jane Dieulafoy documented her visit there in 1881; the luster tiles and faience mihrab that she described no longer decorate the walls but may be those identified in several private collections.

The external mass of the shrine is a square, surrounded by lower, vaulted rooms that were added at a later date. The stepped dome is reached by an octagonal mass. This form protrudes from the interior, which is octagonal with deep, angled niches built into four of the sides. Above the bare dado that once held luster tilework, there remains a plaster inscription frieze and areas of carved plaster decoration. The squinches are filled with carved plaster muqarnas.
Dieulafoy, Jane, La Perse, la Chaldée et la Susiane (Paris: Hachette, 1887)
Donald N. Wilber, The Architecture of Islamic Iran, (New York: Greenwood Press, 1969).

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