The picture above shows the small tomb known as the Shrine of Jafar (or sometimes 'Jafarieh'). It is one of several such shrines in Isfahan which date from the Il-Khanid period during the first half of the fourteenth century C.E (8th Century A.H.). These include the tomb of Baba Qassem and the tomb below Monar-e-Jonban (The Shaking Minarets).

In previous times it formed the focal point of a large open area but development has taken place to such an extent around it that not only has this open space been lost but, as you can see in the picture above, on the right, the northern part of the shrine actually lies within the boundaries of one of these invasive properties.

The shrine is of hexagonal construction and stands on a low plinth

The dome is typical of those built over tombs at this time and you can find others like it in Azerbaijan and some other parts of Iran. The original dome was of semi-circular construction (but as later ruined). The present dome is sparsely decorated with tiles. The inscriptions below the dome is called a 'Zoji' or 'Coupled' Inscription. This means that the inscription is written in two rows, the upper of which is Kufic and the lower is in Thuluth. 'Zoji' inscriptions are also found in the Madraseh-ye-Baba Qassem, and above the door of Khanegah-ye-Nasrabad and Masjed-e-Ali. The upper part of the inscription is in simple Kufic made of raised bricks on a blue background. After 'besmillah ...' it includes Ayehs 164-167 from Sura Amram.

The second lower inscription is in white thuluth on a blue background. This includes the Ayeh Al-Korsi and the last part of this inscription which includes the year is as follows:

fi sanat chamas wa eshrin wa saba'maieh

The actual date has faded away but by examining the age of the stone its date of completion is estimated as 725 A.H.

The inscription above the door is in white thuluth script on a dark blue background. It includes the opening words of the 'Salavat' followed by the names of Mustafa, Morteza and Fatimeh and those of the first eleven imams. The inscription on tomb itself reads as follows: <Arabic follows> There are three inscriptions above the windows in separate sections which read as follows: <Arabic follows>
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Last Updated: 9 April, 1999