Gonbad-e (dome) Jabalieh

Gonbad-e (dome) Jabalieh

Gonbad-e Jabalieh, is a large and strange octagonal stone and stucco dome located east of the city of Kermān (homonymous region), also known as Gonbad-e Gabri.

There is not much information on the exact date of construction of the building and on the intention to manufacture this dome; some are convinced that this place, due to its name taken from the word tomb, dates back to before Islam or the beginnings of it and that it was either a temple of fire or a sanctuary of a Zoroastrian (due to the lack of similarity of this building with the style and method of construction of the temples of fire, this theory can be considered not true), while others also believe that it was the mausoleum of Seyed Mohammad Tabāshiri.

European researchers believe that this construction belongs to the Seljuks. This eight-sided stone dome has eight gates, but the entrances with the stone have been obstructed to reinforce the building and prevent its destruction, and only one has been vacated.

The upper part of the dome was built of bricks and apparently there were stucco work and decorations inside it; the upper part has collapsed while the lower part has been destroyed.

It is said that in the construction of this dome has been used milk of camel, ash and egg white to which historians and architects attribute the solidity of the building.

This dome, which is close to two cemeteries, has suffered serious damage over time and has now been used as a museum in which inscriptions and ancient stone tombs are preserved.

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