Aliabad Tower

August 17, 2019

One of the dramatic historic landmarks of the 7th century AH, Ali Abad Tower with its eye-catching structure has a lot to say about Iran’s history and architecture. Standing in Khorasan-e Razavi, it dates back to the Kayanians and Parthians eras. Also famed as the Zoroastrian Fire Temple, it is located 12 km northwest of Bardaskan. It is believed that the tall building was a mausoleum. Some also believe that the monument is a memorial for Tughril Beg, the founder of Seljuk Empire as the style of architecture is similar to the dynasty’s buildings. Whatever it is, it is now a superb destination for history and art lovers. 

Resembling Radkan Tower in the same province, the 3-storey tower is perched on top of the relics of Kushk Castle. The 18-m-high tower boasts interesting exterior and interior. The conical tower holds a dome ceiling with holes to function as a ventilator. They also brighten inside the building. 

The main part of the body is 12-sided, the foundation of the building. 48 semicolumn-liked structure is seen around the body. Artistically-designed geometrical figures on the exterior are so impressive. Tiling and brickwork are remarkable too. 

The gateway holds 2 steps. Of note is the amazing internal plaster work, unfortunately most has been damaged. 

Apparently the tower functioned as a place to determine the accurate time of the Nowruz through the sun. Built on the path to Nishapur, it was visited by many travelers. 

The national heritage was more or less restored several times for public visits.The best time to visit is in spring; however it is open all year round. 

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