South octagon vault of the
The Takht-i Suleyman (Throne of Salomon) is situated in a wide valley
at an altitude of approx. 2000 m, ca. 30 km North of Takab, N.W. of
Tehran. The Sassanian sanctuary here flourished in the 5th and 6th
century and was one of the three main fire sanctuaries. After the
Islamic conquest it remained important as a
Zoroastrian temple until the 9th century. In the 13th century the
Ilkhanid ruler Abaqa (1265-1281) constructed a summer
palace on the southern part of the ruins, partly based on the same
layout and using former construction material.
As the Mongol court
was used to living in tents, the construction of the palace was not made
for eternity and soon fell to ruins. In the ruins of the western part of
the palace a
has been found, which was recognized as a construction plan for
a muqarnas vault. In analogy to this plan, Ulrich Harb proposed
a possible plan
to reconstruct the much simpler south octagon vault . This plan
is the base of our construction.
blends between Harb's plan and our construction.