Avicenna's Tomb
Hamedan, Iran (Islamic Republic of)


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The Mausoleum of Avicenna was buit in 1953 by the Iranian Monuments Society on the occasion of the philosopher's millenial birth anniversary. It was intentionally built to resemble the Gunbad-i-Qabus tomb tower in northern Iran (built in 1006), though with an empty, open interior made possible by modern building materials. The mausoleum is surmounted by a tower inspired to spindle-shaped structure of Mongol towers and contains, besides the actual gravestone of the famous physician, the sarcophagus which originally contained the body of Avicenna.

Avicenna, was a Persian polymath, who wrote almost 450 works on a wide range of subjects, of which around 240 have survived. In particular, 150 of his surviving works concentrate on philosophy and 40 of them concentrate on medicine.

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