Harounieh

Also known as: Harunie Dome

'Haroun Prison'
Harounieh is named after the fifth Abbasid Caliph Harun al-Rashid (8th century). Local people contend that the structure was used by the tyrant ruler to imprison his opponents and adversaries, but latest historical research studies suggest that the 14 century structure has nothing to do with Haroun. The monument is indeed believed to have been used as a Khanqah (a building designed specifically for mystical gatherings of Sufis and their spiritual rituals) and a religious school for centuries.

 

Architecture
The massive brick-domed mausoleum is located in the ancient city of Tous. The structure features architecture of Ilkhanid (1256-1353 AD) and Timurid (1370-1506 AD) dynasties. It is seen as one of the only remnants demonstrating the glory of the ancient city of Tous. Inside the building, there is a square-shaped hall surrounded by three chambers. A brick twisty staircase connects the first floor to the second floor. However, the 26 meter dome is specially a must see at night when it is floodlit.

 

Legacy of Imam Mohammad Ghazali
Some experts believe that the mausoleum is the burial place of prominent Islamic theologian and philosopher Imam Mohammad Ghazali (1058-1111 AD). There is a memorial stone installed in the building in the honor of Imam Mohammad Ghazali.

 
 
     
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