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Menar Jonban of Isfahan

 

The Menar Jonban or Monar Jonban or the Shaking Minarets is a monument located in Isfahan, Iran. This structure and its system still remains of wonder to architects and engineers around the world. This structure was constructed to cover the grave of Amu Abdollah Soqla in 14th century. What makes this building a wonder is the fact that the minarets on top of this building would shake side to side for up to a 10 inches to each side, and it would also shake the second minaret at the same paste.
This remarkable structure is so carefully designed, that the weight distribution, height to width ration of the minarets, minarets dimensions to the iwan's ratio all play a role in the shaking of the minarets. This coupled oscillation can be observed from meters away at the ground level.Unfortunately there has been damages done to this structure that has resulted in the disconnect of the shaking mechanism. The two minarets no longer shake at the same time. Many believe this is due to rapid and aggressive shaking taking place during the holidays in high traffic of tourists. Some believe the main damage has been done when the British archaeologist try to find what mechanism lies inside the structure.
The iwan and porch were probably erected shortly after 1316 as a shrine for Amu Abdollah Soqla, a hermit buried here. The brick minarets were constructed later, and are probably of Safavid dynasty era origin (c. 15th—17th centuries).The iwan is 10 metres (33 ft) high and 10 metres (33 ft) in width, the minarets are 7 metres (23 ft) taller and are 4 metres (13 ft) in circumference. The roof above the shrine contains some skilled brickwork.
 

Menar Jonban of Isfahan


 The unique characteristic of the shaking of the minarets, and the entire building itself for the matter, has been repeatedly studied. The findings of most of such research indicates that the specific dimensions and proportions of the building and minarets and even the material forming the bricks used for the building contributes to the vibrations. Following physical experiments on the building, it was concluded that this phenomenon is similar to the mirror image vibrations observed when connecting two vertical identical pieces of string to a connecting horizontal one. Should the two vertical strings be of different lengths or weights the same results would not be achieved.


 

Menar Jonban of Isfahan

 

However, such a theory also has its skeptics and is dismissed as a mere coincidence under the guise that most buildings also have such vibrations (although on a smaller scale) and it’s only the height of the minarets that make it so visible in this particular case.The balcony of the structure is accessible through a spiral staircase. The balcony of the mausoleum has been ornamented with four-pointed and polygonal azure tiles, and the inscription on the tombstone reads as follows:
This is the tomb of the virtuous, god-fearing Sheikh, "Amu Abdollah ibn Muhammad ibn Mahmood Saqla, may God bless his soul.”
 

Menar Jonban of Isfahan


Menar Jonban of Isfahan

 

Menar Jonban of Isfahan

 

Menar Jonban of Isfahan

 

Menar Jonban of Isfahan

 

Menar Jonban of Isfahan


Geocoding: 32°39′1.65″N,51°35′39.11″E 


 


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