As a distinctive and prominent historical building in the heart of Ardabil, the magnificent tomb is the burial site of Safi-ad-din Ardabili, an eminent leader of the Safavid order. Built between the beginning of the 16th and the end of the 18th century, this tomb contains amazing ornamentations contributed by great masters making it a historical and cultural glory of Iranian architecture even after several centuries. Embedding dozens of innovative works in various concepts of artistic fields such as the best tile works, stucco work, elegant inscriptions, works of great calligraphers of the Safavid period, silver and gilded works and precious painting and inlays, the monument is known as an outstanding piece of architecture. The house and monastery of Sheikh are in the same place, coupled with the shrine of Shah Ismail I and the tombs of other princes which are placed in the same building. The monument is built by Sadrodin Musa, the sun of this famous mystic. As an important site of pilgrimage throughout the Safavid period, several units were added to this collection as an important site of pilgrimage throughout the Safavid period by Safavid kings due to their great respect for their grandfather. During the reign of Shah Abbas I, the king often visited this shrine and lots of works were done to complete and adorn this monument.
This complex was one of the most memorable historical monuments of the Safavid dynasty and was registered as a valuable and historic site in 2010 on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
|Shrine of Safi-ad-din Ardabili|