The Grand Mosque of Yazd province is one of the most beautiful historical monuments and unique tourist attractions in central Iran.
The Jame Mosque (Friday Mosque) which dates back to the 14th century, is located in the heart of Yazd city, and was once surrounded by schools, bazaars, libraries, bathhouses and other urban institutions, the remains of which can still be seen today.
History says the original building was a Zoroastrian fire temple in the Sassanid era which was later converted into a mosque during the Seljuk reign.
The mosque is crowned with a magnificent dome decorated with turquoise and white geometric tiles and has a pair of minarets considered to be the highest in all Iran.
Unlike most Islamic architecture, the mosque has strong resemblance to Sassanid buildings. Its large rectangular winter prayer halls, flanking the sanctuary and iwan, are laid out in the Sassanid triple-iwan plan.
Decorative brickwork laid in epigrams cover most wall surfaces within the sanctuary, above a turquoise tile dado with mosaic medallions that continues into the iwan.
The ‘mihrab’ of the mosque is sheathed with floral designs rendered in remarkable faience mosaic.
Another unique feature of the Mosque is its high entrance which is decorated with verses from the holy Quran and slates outlining government orders and laws, endowment deeds, and reports of repair works which are important in the study of the social and civil history of Iran.
The mosque’s grandeur and unique style in combining ancient and Islamic architectural elements attracts thousands of tourists every year.–PressTV
Photo: Amir Hosni