Yazd Jameh Mosque

The Jameh Mosque of Yazd ( Masjid-e Jame )  is the grand, congregational mosque (Jameh) of Yazd city, dating back to the fourteenth century, is well worth a visit. It was first built under Ala’oddoleh Garshasb of the Al-e Bouyeh dynasty It is an example of finest Persian mosaics and excellent architecture. Its minarets are the highest in the country.

The mosque is crowned by a pair of minarets, the highest in Iran, and the portal’s facade is decorated from top to bottom in dazzling tile work, predominantly blue in colour. Within is a long arcaded courtyard where, behind a deep-set south-east iwan, is a sanctuary chamber (shabestan).

The elegant patterns of brick work and the priceless inscription of mosaic tiles bearing angular kufic all create a sense of beauty. The main prayer niche, the one which is located below the dome, is decorated with elegant mosaic tiles.

On the two star-shaped inlaid tiles, the name of the builder and the time of construction of the prayer niche sparkle beautifully. The two towering minarets dating back to the Safavid era measure 52 meters in height and 6 meters in diameter.

 

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