Chehel-Dokhtaran Minaret in Isfahan
- ThemeHistory and Culture
- Duration15 mins
- Spring7:00-20:00 *
- Summer7:00-20:00 *
- Autumn7:00-18:00 *
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Explore the Chehel-Dokhtaran Minaret
The Story of Chehel-Dokhtaran Minaret in Isfahan
Chehel-Dokhtaran Minaret was built in 1107, during the reign of Malek-Shah Seljuk, in the Jewish quarter of Isfahan, Jubareh. As a whole, it is a 26-meter-long mud-brick structure, consisting of a 5-meter octagonal plinth with a square-shaped foundation, and a 21-meter circular shaft featuring a window facing Mecca (used to be served for prayer call) and intricate brickwork decorations. German archaeologist, Ernst Herzfeld, believed that the minaret was built near a theological school that no trace of it is left today. It is said that Chehel-Dokhtaran minaret was originally about one meter longer, but its upper part was ruined through the passage of time. The minaret is decorated with seven parts of brickwork and three inscriptions written in Kufic and Naskh calligraphy.
It is not obvious why the minaret is called Chehel-Dokhtaran (forty virgins). In Persian language, Chehel means “forty”, the word which is metaphorically used to describe “many”. The minaret is also locally called Garland, after an English missionary, who lived next door in the early 20th century. It is believed by the locals that if you are a single girl, you will marry soon if you come to this minaret and give walnut to a passerby! Don't miss the chance and test your luck!
Visitors cannot enter the minaret
The minaret is illuminated by beam lights which creates a nice night view.
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