Menar Jonban 2017-03-05
Monar Jonban (Shaking Minarets), is a historical monument located in Isfahan, in central Iran.
Monar Jonban was originally built some 700 years ago as a mausoleum for “Amo Abdullah” who was a mysteric figure in the Ilkhanid era. Archeological studies suggest that the dual minarets were later added to the mausoleum during the Safavid era.
Construction began in the 14th century to cover the grave of Amu Abdollah Solqa. It’s notable feature is that if one of the minarets is shaken, the other minaret will shake as well.
The minarets are responsible for the fame of the otherwise architecturally undistinguished shrine. Because of the ratio between the height and width of the minarets and the width of the iwan, if one minaret is shaken, the other will shake in unison.
This example if coupled oscillation can be observed from gromed level.
There are two another pair of shaking minarets:
- Imanshahr, Isfahan
- Ahmed Abad, India
The iwan is 10 meters (33 ft) high and 10 meters (33 ft) in width, the minarets are 7 meters (33 ft) taller and are 4 meters (13 ft) in circumference. The roof above the shrine contains some skilled brickwork.
Monar Jonban is being visited by hundreds of domestic and foreign travelers each day.