Teheran Dome

Teheran-Bazar, 2017 - 2018

Restored stucco @ Sohrab Daryabandaril


Rooms 1
Wall and ceiling surfaces > 500m²
Man hours 2 month
Workforce 6

The job

A restoration examination of the dome in order to create an assessment of condition. Based on the examinations the aim of our work was to create a concept for the further procedure. After completion of the investigations, our work included the restoration and conservation of the traditional dome.

On the right, the representation of the color scheme of the construction period in one eighth of the circumference of the dome @ Christian Raabe

Time frame

The Grand Bazaar of Tehran was built around 1860 and last refurbished around 1980.

  • Investigation 2017
  • Execution 2017
  • Comprehensive measures after water damage in 2010. (?)
Preparatory study at the interface of the oldest and the youngest version. The oldest substance was conserved, the youngest restored. @ Christian Raabe
Condition of the stucco in the area of the younger facade before restoration @ Christian Raabe
Before and after cleaning the surfaces @ Christian Raabe
Stucco additions and closing cracks @ Christian Raabe
Condition of the stuccowork in the area of the younger facade after restoration @ Christian Raabe
Inventory documentation Stucco work @ Marc Wietheger

Brief information about the object

The Grand Bazaar of Tehran is located in the district "Bazar" in the southern center of Tehran. It is considered the largest of it's kind in the world and represents the historical center of Tehran. In addition to shops, there are banks, restaurants, hostels and mosques.

Numerous streets that specialize in different goods run through the bazaar. Based on its location and shape, it is believed that this room has been built in the 1850s.

The domed room is based on an octogonal floor plan and forms above the crossing point of two streets, the Chahar-suq-e-Bozorg and the Haft Tan, with four shops in the respective "closed" spaces of the octagon. The building type is referred to as a pendentive dome.

The dome is designed as a large, smoothly plastered semicircle with a central octagonal opening. It's crowned by a lantern which is divided by eight arched windows.

The lantern ends with a hemispherical hood with a circular opening in the center. Rich floral stucco work is carried out in the pendentives below the surrounding impost cornice. The dome is supported by 8 pillars. The openings are spanned by flat pointed arches resting on leaf capitals.

Teheran Bazar

Service catalog

  • restorative color analysis
  • plaster and pigment analyses
  • conception
  • conservation, restoration and reconstruction of almost all interior components (except for the basement rooms) such as ceilings, walls, floors, baseboards, handrails, doors, handles, switches and fixtures
  • reconstruction of the plaster ribs on the facades
  • exposure of the original art stone elements and metal parts of the facade


Buch & Schudrowitz

Zellestrasse 2A

10247 Berlin, Germany