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Edifices, Zanjan

Rakhtshooy Khaneh

Chalapi Oqli Historical Edifice, Khoda Bandeh 

 This two storeyed structure is located 500 km. south west of Soltanieh between Soltanieh and Khoda Bandeh. Researchers have affiliated this building to Soltan Chalapi. This complex or aggregate comprises of two sections, one being the Khaneqah and the other being the mausoleum. The Khaneqah consists of a central courtyard with chambers to the west and east of the courtyard. The place for public prayer here is paved with slabs of stone and mortar. The ceilings of the chambers are dome shaped. According to an engraving in the southern portico, this structure has been erected in the years (657-683 AH.) and has been endowed to the Khaneqah-e-Shamsieh.


Chalapi Oqli Mausoleum

The mausoleum of this historical site is octagonal in shape. The brick works of the ceiling varies on each of these eight sides, besides this the brick work in other parts is simple, but reveals a beauty. This mausoleum has a high dome. From the point of view of the tombs here it is interesting to note that the Soltans' tomb is in the center, whereas his followers are placed in accordance to their rank in circles around the main tomb. 

Rakhtshooy Khaneh Historical Edifice, Zanjan 

 This famous edifice is located in Baba Jamal Choqoie Zanjan. It was constructed by two brothers named Mashad Akbar (an architect of those times) and Mashadi Esmail, (a mason). This construction can be divided into two parts. The first can be said to be the 'care-taker' and management, and then the wash room area. The former relates to the court yard and residential quarters, which encompasses two chambers along with an entrance. The latter portion is the wash room area, that again can be categorized into different sections-such as the water reservoir the ceiling of which is beautifully architectured.

Another section is the main or original wash room, constructed from slabs of stone and mortar. Internally this building boast of unique architectural techniques. It can be noted that clothes can be washed here in four phases - beginning at the end of the water canal and ending on the other side. Beside foot baths can be observed, as well as a sewage system which had been planned under the foot baths, hence delivering the sewage water to the sewage system of the city. At present this public wash-house and historical relic has been renovated into a museum, which is on record in Iran. 

Zolfaqary Edifice, Zanjan 


 The historical complex of the Zolfaqary edifice is located in the central network of the old part of the Zanjan city. This comprises of the so called interior buildings (which mainly sheltered the women of the household and was their domain ), and the 'exterior' section. At present, only the central portion of the 'exterior' structure remains. This edifice was constructed in two storeys, besides the cellar. The entrance of the ground floor, which has two pillars and a closed - in roof, gives way to a vestibule, (usually octagonal).


Two staircases lead to the upper floor having halls, drawing and bed rooms and water closets. The focal point of architecture abided here is the dome in the central part of the ceiling, and the ceiling itself as what is known as Chahar Taqi. The building surrounding the Chahar Taqi are covered with wooden beams. In the nucleus of this structure is a spectacular, beautiful and octagonal light sutures. This is well known as Kolah Farangi (pavillion). The ceilings of the rooms are beautifully and artistically decorated in geometrical design and other works of art. Tile work from the Qajar era can also be noted. The facade of this structure is in brick. The windows in general have colored panes with a carved frame work.

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