This is an important shrine containing the tombs of two "Imamzadeh" or descendants of the line of 'Ali, the Son-in-Law of Mohammad, who is considered by Shi'ites to be the first Imam. Safavid inscriptions on the tombs identify the Imamzadehs as Ibrahim Tabataba'i and Zayn al-'Abidayn 'Ali.
The building represents several different construction periods and is interesting on this count alone. The decorative work is of a very high order, and exhibits a wide variety of styles.
To your right is a second courtyard facing a pishtaq, or porch, which contains Timurid tilework of the highest quality. It is strongly recommended that you visit this area before entering the shrine by clicking on the "right arrow" in the navigation window.
The building lies on the site of an ancient cemetery and the northern courtyard is said to have contained an old Mosque. This part of the town, known as Sunbulistan was incorporated within the city walls during the tenth century. The oldest part of the building consist of a small pishtaq dated 1453 C.E. a square chamber and a mausoleum. The rest of the building is of Safavid origin and it may have been at this time that the remains of the Imamzadeh were brought here. The domes are likewise of Safavid origin: the larger is dated 1601/2 C.E. and the smaller 1670/71 C.E.
The mosque was constructed by Jalal Al-Din Safarshah who worked for the governor of Isfahan, Sultan Muhammadi, who was the son of the Qara Quiunlu ruler, Jahanshah.
Last Updated November 24, 1998