The minaret at Rahravan is the closest of a line of Seljuk minarets that stretches east across the plain of Isfahan. It is about 30 metres tall, and like the one at Ziar seems to have extra windows on top which may have been used to light fires to guide travellers towards the city.

It is extremely difficult to find. The easiest way is to travel east out of the city along Jey Avenue until you come to Meidan-e-Imam Khomeini (not to be confused with the Meidan-e-Imam in the centre of the city!). Turn north here along Salman St. and then turn left back towards the city just as you enter the countryside and before you come to a small irrigation channel. As you follow the roads through the fields you can see the minaret on your right in the small village of Rahravan, which is more frequently referred to as "Rahrun" or even "Raran".

The decorative treatment is simple. About a third of the way up the column there is a band of kufic executed by surrounding the actual letters with blue glazed bricks. It appears to consist of the repeated phrase, "Akbar", (='Great' - an attribute of Allah). Above this and below a second band of similar kufic lies a section executed in so called 'Banai' script. This is made up of repeating lozenge-shaped patterns made with the names of Mohammad and his son-in-law, 'Ali.

Above this section comes another with a simple lozenge pattern made of raised bricks above which is an ornamental frieze made of blue glazed bricks. This is surmounted by the remains of a 'thuluth' inscription which was once executed in blue glazed brick as can be seen from the small fragment remaining. The so-called 'crown' of the minaret is badly damaged as is the conical part above it. On the right of this you can see the window from which the muezzin called the faithful to prayer and it is likely that it would have been surmounted by a further brick construction, as at Ziar, with the name of God upon it.

To the left (north-west) of the minaret there is a sunken panel which presumably once contained an inscription containing details of its foundation however this is no longer legible.


Last Updated: 18 April 2000