Jameh Mosque of Yazd | A mosque with Iran’s tallest minarets
Jameh Mosque of Yazd is one of the most splendid, outstanding and noteworthy attractions of Yazd province and Iran, which was built in the 6th century but its renovation continued until the current century. Shining in the center of the city, it is Yazd’s main congregational mosque, and was inscribed in Iran’s National Heritage Sites.
The history of Jameh mosque of Yazd
Based on Yazd’s historical books it was first built in the site of the Sassanid fire temple by the order of Ala-o-ddoleh Garshasb of Al-e-Bouyeh dynasty. According to the documents remained from past, the construction and completion of this mosque have been carried out during a century, under the rule of different dynasties. Although the main building is attributed to the pre-Timurid period, but according to its existing inscriptions, it was built in Timurid dynasty and is one of the most beautiful mosques of that time.
The architecture of Jameh Mosque of Yazd
Jameh Mosque of Yazd as a tourist attraction is one of the architectural masterpieces of the world, which has been captivating for centuries. This amazing mosque consists of a high portal, two Shabestans (a place for nocturnal prayers), two warm homes located on the eastern and western sides of the Shabestans, a dome and a rectangular courtyard.
It is a differentiating feature of Iranian mosques by having a tall entry portal, called Pishtgah. Its façade is decorated from top to bottom by glittering blue tile works. The marvelous combination of brick work and precious inscriptions of mosaic tiles bring together an exquisite piece of art.
The mosque’s entrance is crowned by two lofty minarets, which are said to be a pair of the highest in Iran, which are about 52 meters high and date back to Safavid era. There are 6 entrances considered for entering this place, which are located in different parts of the mosque.
Most Iranian Jameh mosques feature a four-iwan plan with an open courtyard at the center. Jameh mosques are distinguished from regular mosques by their use as places of worship for community each Friday. One of the wonders of this mosque is the light in the inner part, which is provided by the light reflection on the white plaster works on the dome and walls.
In the evenings when the sun is setting, you can observe the unique scenic view of the mosque’s blue tile works blended with the sun’s rays of orange and red colors.
The spectacular view, picturesque plasters works, charming dome-chamber, a beautiful courtyard, marvelous tile works and towering minarets are all the attractions of this building. This architectural and historical beauty is truly worth a visit.
* Written by Arefeh Firouzan.
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|Wikipedia: Click here||Name(s) in Persian: مسجد جامع یزد|
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|Opening hours: 8:00 AM-7:00 PM||Best time to visit: All Seasons|