When I traveled to Hamedan, I didn't really know what to expect. I went just to see Ali Sadr Water Cave, but I didn't know what else the city had to offer. Turns out quite a bit- there was Ganj Nameh, Baba Taher's mausoleum, and other places (yet to blog about).
On my second day there, I came across Gonbade Alavian, Alavian Dome. This structure was named for the Alavian family who ruled Hamedan for nearly two centuries during the Seljuq period in the 12th century. While it was originally built as a mosque, a crypt was later added to it to become the family's mausoleum where two members of the family are. The stucco walls have intricately designed patterns of floral and geometric motifs as well as kufic script, an old calligraphic style for Arabic/Persian.
|Detail above the door- floral design and Kufic script|