Kaboud (blue) Mosque | The turquoise of Islam
Kaboud Mosque, located in Tabriz, is one of the masterpieces of Iranian art and architecture related to post-Islam time. Being one of the valuable historical sites of Iran, it is a distinguished mosque among other mosques in Iran due to its marvelous decorations and was inscribed in the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.
The history of Blue Mosque
This beautiful monument was built during the reign of Qara Quyulun in the 9th century Hegira, under the command of Jahan Shah and was seriously destroyed because of an earthquake in 1779. Blue Mosque’s dome is one of the greatest brickworks from the 15th century.
Unique features of the mosque
This mosque has always been noted among the lovers of elegance and art due to its turquoise colored tiles, various calligraphies and innovative geometrical and arabesque designs. Although there is not much left from this monument except the entrance Iwan, but even so, it is a witness to the magnificence and beauty of this mosque.
In fact, Kaboud Mosque was a member of a bigger architectural site named Mozafariyeh Complex; which contained a mosque, a Khanghah (a Sufi convent), courtyard and a library, from which only some remnants of the mosque are left. Because of the beauty and rhythm among colors, especially turquoise mosaics, this mosque is known as Islam’s turquoise. It has other names such as Goy Mosque (blue mosque in Azari-Terkish), Jahan Shah, or Mozaffari Mosque.
The most outstanding feature of this monument and its popularity is because of its blue mosaics, the combination of brick and tile and drawings which cover both the interior and exterior sections. In a part of its ceiling, the combination of Gold and Azure is seen. Since this monument is located in cold climate, it doesn’t have a quadrangle.
* Written by Arefeh Firouzan.
|Official Website: N/A||Entrance fee: 500.000 IRR|
|Wikipedia: Click here||Name(s) in Persian: مسجد کبود|
|UNESCO Website: Click here||Public transportation availability: Yes|
|Province: Tabriz|| Accommodation availability: Yes|
|Phone: N/A||Facilities: Yes|
|Working days: All days||Restaurant & Cafe availability: Yes|
|Opening hours: 9:00 AM-8:00 PM||Best time to visit: All Seasons|