Mausoleum of Shah Ne’matollah Vali

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Shah Ne’matollah Vali

Mausoleum of Shah Ne’matollah Vali is a well preserved and worth an excursion from Kerman located in the heart of the Mahan city The dervish-mystic and poet Shah Ne’matollah Vali, who believed to died in 1431 and at the age of 100.  The  complex mausoleum built after his death by an Indian king who followed his myths, the complex has received many additions, most notably the Abbasid blue facade and Qajar-era twin minarets. The two charming, pond-filled courtyards have roosting birds in the trees who are all a-twitter at dusk.

Aramgah-e Shah Ne’matollah Vali

The main tomb lies beneath a 17m dome surrounded by carpets incorporating pentagram symbols, some with elements of backward mirror writing. An easily missed highlight is a tiny prayer chamber whose walls and ceiling are covered with calligraphy in a spiral pattern.

There is a small museum (ticket required) but it was under reconstruction at time of research. To access the rear Abbassid courtyard you might need to ask a guardian to open the heavy doors behind the main shrine room (a donation is appropriate).

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