(Persia Digest) - Sheikh Safi-e-Din of Ardabil Mausoleum is a tourist destination of the city of Ardabil in northwestern Iran which is of significant historic, architectural, and tourism value. It has been inscribed as a Unesco World Heritage.
Apart from the tomb of Sheikh Safi-e-Din, Shah Esmaeil I of Safavid and other Safavid sheikhs, dignitaries, and victims of the Battle of Chaldoran are also buried here.
The mausoleum was completed between the 16th and 18th centuries.
Its unique trait is the collection of artworks ranging from the best tile works, mosaic, stucco, exquisite inscriptions of Safavid masters of calligraphy (Mir Emad, Mir Ghavam-e-Din, Mohammad Esmaeil…), wood carvings, silverworks, illuminations, and gilding, all of which add to this architectural masterpiece.
Sheikh Safi-e-Din of Ardabil Mausoleum was also home to Ardabil’s priceless carpet which is presently in the V&A Museum in London.
This historic structure was inscribed as World Heritage by Unesco in 2010.
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