In traditional Iranian architecture, a dome is referred to as a gonbad (Persian: گنبد). The Parthians in particular were very keen in using such structures in their designs. The Sassanids inherited them and elevated their designs into full maturity.
Döner Kümbet (meaning “revolving tomb”) was built in 1276 for Princess Şah Cihan Hatun. As for Turks, Many Seljuk Turkish (and later Seljuk-style) mausoleums are a stone evocation of the pre-Islamic funeral hills of the Turkic nomads of Central Asia. During their lives, prominent clan members had their funeral hill (‘kurgan’) prepared; when death came, a circular tent was erected on top of the kurgan, and the deceased’s body was laid out, in order to be greeted a last time by the clan members. After this greeting period, the body was placed in the burial chamber inside the kurgan.A ‘tent-style’ Seljuk Türbe has two parts: a circular or polygonal room with a pyramidal or cone roof, where a cenotaph sarcophagus can be visited and honoured; this is the part referring to the funeral tent. Beneath this ornamented construction the real burial chamber is to be found, where the deceased’s remains were buried; this is the part referring to the burial hill.