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Gonbad-e Qabus
Other spellings: Gonbad-e Kavus; Gonbad-e Ghabus; Gonbad-i Ghaboos; Gonbad-e Kavoos; Gonbad-e Kavous

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Gonbad-e Qabus

The Mil-e Gonbad, Gonbad-e Qabus, Iran
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The Mil-e Gonbad.

City in northeastern Iran with 120,000 inhabitants (2005 estimate), in the Golestan province, at an elevation of about 60 metres, on the Gorgan river.
It is predominantly a Turkmen city, Turkmen being the spoken language.
Gonbad-e Qabus is particularly famous for its brick tower, the Mil-e Gonbad, dating back to 1006, built as a tomb for a Ziyarid prince. It rises 72 metres, and is one of the tallest brick towers in the world. The Mil-e Gonbad is a tomb, with 10 crevices in 90º, is 17 metres in diametre with 3 metre thick walls, concluding in conical roof, itself 15 metres high. It was submitted in 2007 by Iran to UNESCO for registration as a World Heritage Site.
The world's second largest defensive wall, the 155 km long Qizil Alan passes Gonbad-e Qabus.
It is an agricultural trade centre.
There are two universities in Gonbade-e Qabus.
The city is fairly well-connected with other urban centres by road, the highway between the Caspian regions and Mashhad runs 20 km away. Mashhad is 500 km east.

By Tore Kjeilen