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Manar Jonban

Isfahan has always hosted a variety of tourists from all over Iran and the world with a large and varied number of places of interest. The most important sights of Isfahan are historical monuments and Monar Jonban (Manar Jonban) is one of them. This valuable work is one of the most important attractions that is always visited by tourists in Isfahan tour programs. Be with Isfahanmag and get to know this historical place in Isfahan better.

All things you must know about this Manar Jonban:

  • introducing this place
  • where is menar jonban?
  • history of menar jonban
  • Architecture
  • Cause of vibration
  • visiting hours and tickets

Introducing Monar Jonban

Some minarets in Iran, despite their high strength, shake in place and for this reason, they are called minarets. One of these attractive and spectacular minarets is the moving minaret of Isfahan.

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This building was built many years ago in a village called Carladan. Now, this mansion is located around an area called Nasr Abad.

This historical monument is considered to be a part of the city of Isfahan, which was decorated by skilled masters and tile makers of that time, with azure star tiles and turquoise polygons.

Where is menar jonban?

Where is manar jonban?

It has been built in one of the sights of Isfahan and about 6 km of Isfahan road to Najaf Abad, the right side of the road. Around this mansion, there is another historical monument called Atashgah.

You can use a car or private online taxi to access this place. To reach by car, all you have to do is go to Atashgah Street and after 6 km, you will reach Menar Jonban. This complex has a parking lot.

History of this place

According to the available evidence, the minaret of Isfahan was built during the reign of a person named Mohammad Khodabandeh Oljaito in the city of Isfahan and hosts the burial place of Uncle Abdullah Ibn Mahmoud Saqlabi, one of the God-fearing mystics. Therefore, the minarets are also known as the tomb of Sheikh Amir Abdullah. The number 716 is engraved on his tombstone, a number that indicates the year of construction of his tomb.

read more: Sarban Minaret of Isfahan

The one-porch mansion was built during the patriarchal period. According to the available documents, this building was built according to the Mongol method; But the construction of the minarets indicates that they were attached to the porch in the last years of the Safavid rule.


This place is divided into 3 parts:



Minarets are the most important part of the complex. Each minaret is 9 meters wide and 17 meters high. They are decorated with turquoise polygonal tiles and azure four-pointed tiles. The unique feature of these minarets is that one of them moves to shake the first minaret.



The porch of the complex hosts the tomb of Sheikh Amir Abdullah and is 10 meters above the ground. Bricks were used in the construction of the porch, and tiles and paintings inside the dome were used to decorate it.

Near the porch, several white tombstones can be seen, which appear to be remnants of the old cemetery on which it was built. With a spiral staircase, you can access the roof and minarets of the complex from the porch, but its use is forbidden for visitors.

Read more: Isfahan Minarets

Chele Khane

There are two rooms in the complex, which are called Chele Khane. Mystics and ascetics stayed in this simple space for 40 days, while practicing austerity, they were alone with their god.

Cause of vibration (Shaking minarets)

By shaking one of the minarets, the second minaret and other parts of the building also shake and this is the unique feature that has turned this historical complex into one of the attractions of Isfahan.

There are two menar jonban in Isfahan

There are two menar jonban in Isfahan

Apparently, in countries like Saudi Arabia and Iraq, historical monuments have been found that move in their place. But according to physicists, the reason for the minarets’ movement is Doppler theory (Christian Doppler is an Austrian mathematician and physicist) or intensification.

Christian Doppler

These minarets are generally similar to each other and do not weigh much. When one of the minarets is moved, it automatically affects the other minaret and causes it to move.

Some believe that the minarets of Isfahan are different from other minarets of Jonban; Because in addition to the shaking of the minarets, other parts of this ancient mansion also shake.

Hamid Shahinpour, Chairman of the Research Committee of the Iranian Indigenous Technologies Association, has presented an interesting analysis of the movement of the minarets:

By tying the end of two yarns of the same length to a horizontal yarn, two pendulums are created, and as one yarn moves, the other yarn will move. If one yarn is taller than the other, the longer the yarn, the more the yarn will move.

If one of the yarns weighs more, the second yarn starts moving by moving one of the yarns. So, it can be said that shaking one of the minarets will affect the other minaret and cause it to move.

Manar Jonban

How to access the minarets

Although in the past this unique building was outside the city and you had to travel a long distance, but today, which is part of the city of Isfahan, you have to go to Atashgah Street to go to this historical monument and in Karladan neighborhood, which is Nasr Abad neighborhood. It is also in that area, you will see the minarets of Jonban.

Visiting this beautiful building is subject to a fee and visiting hours are different in the two halves of the year, which is from 9 am to 6:30 pm in the first half of the year and from 9 am to 4 pm in the second half of the year. Take about half an hour to an hour to visit this monument and try to be there during the hours that shake the minarets, the hours are:

  • 10: 30-12: 00
  • 13: 30- 15: 00
  • 16: 30-18:30.

The minarets of Isfahan are closed during the days of Tasua and Ashura, the martyrdom of Imam Ali (AS), the death of the Prophet, the death of Imam Khomeini, and the martyrdom of Imam Jafar Sadegh.


Sights close to Isfahan Minaret:

  • Masjed hakim: 9.7 km
  • Chehel sotoun palace : 8.9km
  • Naqsh-e Jahan square: 12km

Hotels close to Isfahan minaret:

  • Aseman hotel: 5km
  • Kosar parsian hotel: 6.7 km
  • Chehel panjere hotel: 6.3km
  • Abbasi hotel: 7.7km

Same places:

  • 33pol bridge
  • Wank Church
  • Aali Qapu palace
  • Hasht behesht palace
  • Places close to menar jonban:
  • Menar jonban ice-cream
  • Isfahan Karladan Health Center
  • Cardalan Sports Complex
  • Shahdad


Monar Jonban (Manar Jonban) is one of the most historic buildings in Isfahan province. This ancient monument is 107 meters long. The most important sights of Isfahan are historical monuments and Monar Jonban is one of them.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1-where is menar jonban?

Isfahan Minaret has located about 6 km from Isfahan road to Najaf Abad, on the right side of the road.

2- What is the cause of the shaking of the minaret?

The cause of the shaking of the second minaret based on the shaking of the first minaret is the phenomenon of intensification.

3- When does the minaret date back to?

The single-porch mansion was built during the patriarchal period and the minarets were attached to the porch in the last years of the Safavid rule.

4- What are the visiting and moving hours of the minarets of Isfahan?

To visit Isfahan Minaret, you can visit it from 9 am to 6 pm. If you are interested in seeing the minarets shake, move the minaret in the morning shift at 10:30, 12 and 13:30 and in the evening shift at 15, 16:30 and 18:30.

If you have also visited this unique place, share your experiences and opinions with us. What do you know about shaking minarets?

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