We spent the rest of the morning strolling around Marâgheh admiring several Tomb towers, believed to be among the first to have blue-tiled inlaid decorations. Gonbad-e Sorkh had a rather interesting shape because of being topped by an octagon. We gained access to its interior with an upper window hole which let the natural light in. The 1197 Gonbad-e Kabud was only seen from a distance once the whole surrounding area was undergoing works, therefore hindering the access.
Eleonore with a local Iranian lady.
The last one we admired was the 1328 Gonbad-e Ghaffariyeh, thought to be the tomb of Shams al-Din Karasunkur, located in the Gaffariyeh park. We had lunch at a restaurant overlooking that particular garden and the statue of Anahita, an Iranian Goddess with an enormous significance in the Zoroastrian religion, as a representative of the waters.
I must confess that despite having seen many temples with similar features I still find the interlaced geometric designs created in brick absolutely mesmerising.