(Persia Digest) – The tomb of 11th-century Persian poet, philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer, Omar Khayyam, is a prominent example of modern Iranian architecture in Neishabour, northeastern Iran. It was built in 1963.

The architect is well-known designer Houshang Seyhoun who was inspired by the life, time, and thought of Omar Khayyam, based on the “mathematician”, “astronomer”, and “poet”. The design of the structure surrounding the tomb is taken from the profession of Khayyam’s father who was a tentmaker.

Tomb of Khayyam -A mixture of poetry, geometry and astronomy

The tomb is constructed on a four-cornered platform with an open-top stone monument. It has two ivans and a stone fence around the grave. A stone column adorns the tomb with a rubaiy quatrain by contemporary Iranian poet, Malek Alshoara Bahar, in Nastaligh calligraphy.

The garden in which the tomb is situated measures 20 thousand sqm and is surrounded by evergreen pines.


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The building materials used in the monument consist of iron and stone. It is a tall dome resting on ten pillars which are connected with large and small lozenges and geometric shapes.

Tomb of Khayyam -A mixture of poetry, geometry and astronomy

The inner and outer walls are cladded with mosaic tilework ornamented with quatrains by Khayyam.

The Khayyam expert museum is also close to the tomb in Neishabour.

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