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Sheikh Safi al-Din Monatery Neor Lake

Sheikh Safi al-Din Monatery

The Sheikh Safi al-Din Khanegah or monastery in Ardabil is a Sufi spiritual retreat dating from between the early 16th century and late 18th century. It is the burial site of Safi al-Din Ardabili (b. 1252/3), the eponymous founder of the Safavid Dynasty and Sufism. The complex is a fine example of medieval Iranian architecture. The shrine was an important site of pilgrimage throughout the Safavid period (1501-1722) and underwent numerous improvements and embellishments to become one of the most beautiful of all Safavid monuments. The site includes a library, a mosque, a school, a mausoleum, a cistern, a hospital, kitchens, a bakery and some offices. In 2010, it was registered on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Neor Lake

Neor Lake is a shallow lake located in a hilly area south of Ardabil in the Baghro mountain range in North West Iran. This lake was formed due to two fault zones during the Eocene period.