Shake Too

Ask guides why the shaking minarets shake and they are likely to embark on a lengthy explanation of vibration theory. Some who have studied a bit might even quote a geologists' report suggesting the sandstone used in the minarets contains something called felspar, which dissolves over time, leaving stone flexible and liable to shake. The geologists say their theory is supported by the fact there are no historic references to the minarets shaking. There are, however, conflicting views. Another expert points out that other buildings in Esfahan were constructed from the same sandstone and yet show no propensity to shake.

Then again, there's another theory. As the minarets are made of brick and timber, it seems more feasible that it's the timber that bends and is the connection between the two minarets. It's a theory supported by one traveller, who wrote: 'Flexible stone - pull the other leg.'

redundant by chemical fertiliser, but more than 700 of the mud-brick towers remain in the city's environs.

The best place to see them is dotted along the Zayandeh River south of the Ateshkadeh. The 10km walk back into Esfahan makes a great afternoon, and you're also likely to see locally made cloth being laid out to dry.

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