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From Pigeon Tower to Cemetery

Takhte Foolad Historical Cemetery, Isfahan, Isfahan Province, Iran
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Duration

8 Hours

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Start

Isfahan

Duration

4 Hours

Finish

Isfahan

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Overview

From Pigeon Tower to Cemetery

Not long ago, there were more than 3000 Pigeon Towers all around Isfahan, but now you don’t get to see a lot of them. These towers were made as a home to pigeons and were built in a way that no other animal could get in it, only the pigeons. This is why it was a safe place for them. One of these towers, known as Borj Pigeon Tower, dates back to the Safavid era. This 18 meters high tower is built with bricks and plaster for agricultural uses. Humans built these towers for the dung of the pigeons. These towers can hold more than 15000 pigeons. As you step into the house of pigeons, you can see their nests by the walls, all ordered in a beautiful way.

Takht-e Foulad is the second historical site you get to see. It is one of the oldest cemeteries in Isfahan and it is a historical attraction. The cemetery dates back to the pre-Islamic period, in the 4th century. This place was an important cemetery in all the eras. Many monuments and mausoleums were built in the Safavid and Qajar era. Baba Rokn-ol-din and Mirfendereski are two of the most noticeable of these tombs. Mirfendereski was a famous mystic and scholar in the Safavid era. His grave is covered with a beautiful marble stone with a poem of Hafez on it. Baba Rokn is the oldest monument of Takht-e Foulad. This memorial was built in the 8th century for this famous mystic. People somehow believed in him and respected him a lot. That is why from generation to generation the mysterious and magical stories of Baba Rokn has been passed and even now it is like a holy place to the locals, especially the religious people. The magnificent blue dome of this building can be seen and it works just like a magnet, that you wanna go and see what is going on inside. As you step into this mausoleum, you can feel the spiritual atmosphere in there.

The last stop is the beautifully structured Khaju Bridge. The finest bridge of Isfahan was built in 1650 by the order of Shah Abbas II for multiple reasons such as, temporary royal residence, a dam to control water and for holding meetings. This 133 meters long bridge is made with a solid stone layer. The 23 arches of this iconic bridge are decorated with tile works and paintings. This is not an ordinary bridge for the locals. People spend a lot of time under the arches with their families and you can hear them singing in the magical atmosphere of this site, or you can see them sitting on the bridge admiring the spectacular view in front of them.

These must-see places all offer their beauties with a long background in history. Get ready for hearing the stories of these places and to enjoy a beautiful day in Isfahan.

Tour Highlights

Travel Style

Cultural sites
Historical Attractions

Physical Rating

Local Touch

Age Group

+5

Meals

0 Breakfast | 0 Lunch | 0 Dinner

Transportation

Sedan

Accommodation Grade

None

Equipment

None

Included

- Snacks
- Transportation

Excluded

- Entrance fees

  • Pigeon Tower
  • Takht-e Foulad Cemetery
  • Khaju Bridge
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2020-02-29
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Picking you up from anywhere in Isfahan
Visiting Pigeon Tower
Going to Takht-e Foulad Cemetery
Visiting Baba Rokn and Mir Fendereski mausoleums
Going to Khaju Bridge
Dropping you off anywhere in Isfahan
Ending the tour

Tour's Location

Takhte Foolad Historical Cemetery, Isfahan, Isfahan Province, Iran

FAQs

What are pigeon towers?
Pigeon towers house thousands of local pigeons, so as to collect their droppings for nitrogen-rich, organic fertilizer.
Why is the cemetery important?
Takht-e-foolad cemetery dates back thousands of years and is final resting place of hundreds of history’s notable figures and leaders.
How long is the tour?
1 day. The Pigeon Tower to Cemetery tour is a full day event.
Who will guide the tour?
A local guide from Isfahan.

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Travel Around Persia |  Plan Your Budget Trip to Iran

Roby

12/07/2018

Ancient tower

Nice ancient Pigeon tower which used for agricultural purposes. a very good spot to take photos, a really lively experience.
Travel Around Persia |  Plan Your Budget Trip to Iran

Gina

13/03/2018

Views from the luxury part of Isfahan

Of course, the whole point of a tower was to gather pigeons to used their dung. A beautiful tower and an amazing view and location. there are a number of cafes and shops around the area.
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