Attar’s mausoleum being restored

October 31, 2020 - 18:49

TEHRAN-The tilework of the dome of the mausoleum of the classical Persian poet Farid ud-Din Attar (c. 1145-1221) in the northeastern city of Neyshabur has undergone some rehabilitation works.

A budget of four billion rials (about $95,000 at the official rate of 42,000 rials) has been allocated to the project, Neyshabur’s tourism chief Mohammad-Esmaeil Etemadi Moqaddam said on Saturday.

The project aims at repairing the tilework, which has been damaged by the heavy rains over the past few years, the official added.

The historical structure has been inscribed on the National Heritage list.

Abu Hamid bin Abu Bakr Ibrahim, also known as Farid ud-Din, was born in the city of Nishpur (Neyshabur) and is known for his magnificent work “The Conference of the Birds”.

Attar is one of the most famous mystic poets of Iran, whose works were the inspiration of Rumi, Hafez, Jami, and many other mystic poets.

Attar means ‘apothecary’ and this nickname was given to him due to his profession. He was probably the son of a prosperous chemist, receiving an excellent education in various fields, but he abandoned his profession and traveled extensively, seeking wisdom in Baghdad, Basra, Kufa, Mecca, Medina, Damascus, Kharazm, Turkistan, and India, before finally returning to his birthplace Neyshabur.

Located on the Silk Road, Neyshabur is one of the ancient cities in Iran, which houses several religious, historical, and cultural monuments.

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