Nakhchivan Nakhchivan 12th Century
Atabeg TombAlso known
In old photographs, the remains of other buildings can be seen around the Mumine Khatun Tomb. Research shows that these were annex buildings of the tomb. It is also known that there was a small Islamic dervish lodge and a madrasa around the tomb. However, nothing remains of them today.
The tomb was built by the Ilgazi Atabeg, Cihan Pehlevi, tor his first wife, Mumine Khatun. According ta its kufic inscription above the entrance, the tomb was completed in 1186. The architect of the tombs was Ajami Nakhchivani, son of Abu Bakr, who is also the architect of the Kuseyr Tomb. The tomb is a decagon. This plan type was used especially tor important buildings during the Seljuk period. Each side of the decagon had three rows of stalactites below the cornice level. The wall surfaces have small niches. There is a turquoise-colored inscription band, made of glazed tiles, above the rows of stalactites. There is a cornice with stalactites above this. lts crypt is not very deep. The foundations and the crypt were made of red tufa. it has not survived to the present day.
There are two window openings, placed at the same level, on the western side of the building. There is a similar window above the main entrance as well.
The building has an inner dome. lts outer upper section has not survived to the present day. However, it is thought that it was once covered by a pyramidal dome.
All faces of the building are decorated with carved geometric patterns on glazed, recessed bricks.
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