Imamzadah Abu Lu'lu'
Kashan, Iran
The shrine of Baba Shoja al-Din is located in the vicinity of Kashan, on the road to the village of Fin. The building likely commemorates a local Sufi saint. Although the existing building dates from the Safavid period (1501-1732), the tilework covering the sarcophagus bears the date 1375/777, which indicates that the building’s foundation dates back to the fourteenth century.

The shrine consists of a square courtyard surrounded with iwans and arched recesses containing gravestones from the Safavid period. To the south is an iwan leading to a rectangular hall that precedes the tomb chamber, which is octagonal in plan and crowned by a tiled conical dome, 19 meters in height. The mausoleum is built of mud and baked brick and bears remains of painted plaster in the interior.

Sources:

Nārāqī, Ḥasan. Āsār-i tārikhī-i shahristānhā-yi Kāshān va Naṭanz, 186-188. [Tehran: Anjumān-i āsār-i millī, 1347/1969].

"Boqe-ye Abululu." Iranshahr Encyclopedia of
Iranian Architectural History. http://iranshahrpedia.ir/arch/handle/10667/7015. [Accessed November 23, 2010]

Record updates:

  • August 22, 2018 (AKDC staff): edited bibliography (stylistic changes only).
Location
Kashan, along the road to Fin, Kashan, Iran
Images & Videos
Associated Names
Events
current building dates to the Safavid dynasty
restored 14th c.
Style Periods
Variant Names
امامزاده ابو لؤلؤ
Original
Imamzadah Abu Lu'lu'
Transliterated
Imamzada Abu Lu'lu'
Alternate transliteration
Imamzade Abu Lu'lu'
Alternate transliteration
Imamzadeh Abu Lu'lu'
Alternate transliteration
Building Usages
mausoleum
funerary