Ferdowsi was the composer of the epic Shahnameh, a poem that did much to preserve the Persian language and the cultural identity of Iran. Ferdowsi died in the 11th century, and for centuries, his tomb was nothing more than a small shrine. However, in 1934, under the rule of Reza Shah, Iran constructed this large complex to honor the poet. It was constructed in the Achaemenid style, and hte door to the tomb was decorated with a poem, that, roughly translated from Persian reads as follows:
In the name of the God who created life, This place is the resting place of he (Hakim Abul-qasem Ferdowsi Tusi) who has advanced the art of language among Persian speakers, and the holder of the national epic of Iran and its national stories. His words have given a new life to Iran, and he has a place in the hearts of its people.