Landscaping project begins on Sheikh Safi ensemble
Tehran – A landscape project was started for the Sheikh Safi al-Din Khanegah and the Shrine Ensemble and its surroundings in Ardebil in northwestern Iran.
The project aims to change perspectives and organize the area around the historic complex, the province’s tourism chief Nader Fallahi said on Sunday.
Back in September, the official announced that around 100 billion rials (about $ 2.3 million at an official rate of 42,000 rials) had been allocated to a project to level the area around the shrine.
The buildings around the complex were bought by the provincial heritage, tourism and handicrafts department and are being demolished to expand the area around the historic complex, he explained.
He also noted that once the project is fully completed, the area will be open to the public.
The Sheikh Safi al-Din Khanegah and Shrine Ensemble is a microcosm of Sufism in which harmonious, sun-burned domes, well-preserved and richly decorated facades and interiors and, above all, an atmosphere of peace and tranquility have become a must-see a stopover in northwestern Iran.
The ensemble is named after Sheikh Safi al-Din Ardebili (1253-1334), a Sufi philosopher and leader of Islamic mystical practices. It embodies the essence of Sufi traditions by having a microcosmic “city” that includes a mosque, madrasa, library, cistern, bathhouse, kitchens, hospital and religious houses, among others. The place also boasts a remarkable collection of ancient artifacts.
Developed between the early 16th century and the late 18th century, this place of spiritual retreat incorporates key elements of traditional Iranian architecture to make the most of the space available to accommodate a variety of functions.
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