Hamedan Revisited: A Traveling Wife From Brunei

Hamsare Mosafer * – Before leaving for Tehran on the last day of our Hamedan tour, we managed to visit a few more places and historical sites of interest in and around the city. Our first stop in the morning was the Gonbad-e-Alavian or Tomb of Alavian located in the vicinity of Eyn-ol-Qozat Square. It is a four-sided structure 12th century mausoleum dating back to the Seljuk period, containing tombs of two members of the Alavian family which ruled Hamedan for two centuries.

Next stop was the Jewish synagogue and tombs of Esther and Mordekhai, the Ganjnameh waterfalls, Hegmataneh archaeological palace, old city and museum and Avicenna mausoleum all of which I have already visited in my previous trip. A new addition to our itinerary was a visit to the Museum of War located along the way to Ganjnameh (it will be posted in my next and last edition of the Hamedan series).

Most noteworthy monument in the city / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

Most noteworthy monument in the city / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

with several inscriptions in Kuffic and Thulth... / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

with several inscriptions in Kuffic and Thulth… / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

With the group / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

With the group / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

The tombs under the domed ceiling of the blue tiles cellar. / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

The tombs under the domed ceiling of the blue tiles cellar. / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

 

gypsum moldings...similar to Reydarieh mosque of Qazvin / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

gypsum moldings…similar to Reydarieh mosque of Qazvin / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

The Alavi family tombs (two in all) / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

The Alavi family tombs (two in all) / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

Hegmataneh Museum / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

Hegmataneh Museum / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

A renovated old church in the old city / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

A renovated old church in the old city / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

Archaeological site / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

Archaeological site / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

Earthen oil lamps (Parthian period) discovered in Hegmataneh Hill

Earthen oil lamps (Parthian period) discovered in Hegmataneh Hill / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

the old city discovered / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

the old city discovered / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

old coins...gold coins of Abbasids period (711-780 AD), silver coins / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

old coins…gold coins of Abbasids period (711-780 AD), silver coins of Ilkhanid (1196-1315), and Safavids and Qajar periods / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

Copper cup with inscription (Safavid period) / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

Copper cup with inscription (Safavid period) / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

archaeological site of old city of Ecbatana

archaeological site of old city of Ecbatana / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

Ibn Sina mausoleum

Ibn Sina mausoleum / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

Ibn Sina's grave.. / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

Ibn Sina’s grave.. / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

His medical prescriptions. / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

His medical prescriptions. / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

Herbal medicines / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

Herbal medicines / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

His silver cups and silverware... / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

His silver cups and silverware… / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

and his most significant and valued legacy... / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

and his most significant and valued legacy… / Photo: Hamsare Mosafer

* Hamsare Mosafer is pen name for a traveling wife of a Brunei diplomat who spent some years in Iran. You can find her on her weblog Story of a Trailing Spouse.

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