This minaret is situated in the district of Towqchi to the north east of the city in a back street, close to Qods Place, and is sometimes referred to as the Minaret of Towqchi. The original name "Bagh-e-Qushkhaneh", literally means the "Park of the House of Falcons" and refers to the fact that under Shah Abbas I, this area was laid out as a hunting park, although the minaret is clearly much older and is associated with an adjacent mosque.
The gateway beside it is of recent construction, and the minaret is said to be all that remains of a probable pair that flanked an original gateway. The other minaret is said to have been demolished following subsidence after some floods. In style it is very similar to the Dar al-Ziyafeh, which is also an example of twin minarets flanking an entrance.
The glazed brick decoration, which is made up of Kufic designs based on the phrase Allah Akbar - God is Great, and which is repeated on the base and the shaft, is typical of work executed during the Il-Khanid period and probably dates from about 1340.
At the base of the minaret the word 'Akbar' or 'Great' is written vertically, and the central section above this consists of spiralling bands of the full phrase 'Allah Akbar'. Just below the crown of the minaret, the word 'Allah' is picked out in glazed blue inserts. The crown of the minaret is much damaged but its style is clearly similar to that of the Monar-e-Sareban where an elaborate tracery of muqqarnas, or small cantilevered arches, is supported above a series of slender columns picked out in lapis-lazuli.
South to the
Tomb of Baba Qassem.
North to the Shrine of Do Teflan.
Last Updated December 20, 1998