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

 

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11/2/2014

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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