Saturday, February 13, 2010

Hamedan Revisited...(7)

Before leaving for Tehran on the last day of our Hamedan tour, we managed to visit a few more places and historical sites of interest in and around the city. Our first stop in the morning was the Gonbad-e-Alavian or Tomb of Alavian located in the vicinity of Eyn-ol-Qozat Square. It is a four-sided structure 12th century mausoleum dating back to the Seljuk period, containing tombs of two members of the Alavian family which ruled Hamedan for two centuries.
Next stop was the Jewish synagogue and tombs of Esther and Mordekhai, the Ganjnameh waterfalls, Hegmataneh archaeological palace, old city and museum and Avicenna mausoleum all of which I have already visited in my previous trip. A new addition to our itinerary was a visit to the Museum of War located along the way to Ganjnameh (it will be posted in my next and last edition of the Hamedan series).
most noteworthy monument in the city

with several inscriptions in Kuffic and Thulth...

the tombs under the domed ceiling of the blue tiles cellar

gypsum moldings...similar to Reydarieh mosque of Qazvin

The Alavi family tombs (two in all)

view from the cellar

a renovated old church in the old city

archaeological site

earthen oil lamps (Parthian period) discovered in Hegmataneh Hill

the old city discovered

old coins of Abbasids period (711-780 AD), silver coins
of Ilkhanid (1196-1315), and Safavids and Qajar periods

copper cup with inscription (Safavid period)

archaeological site of old city of Ecbatana

Ibn Sina mausoleum

his graveyard...

his medicinal works...

herbal medicines

his silver cups and silverware...

and his most significant and valued legacy...

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