The Grand Mosque of Yazd province is one of the most beautiful historical monuments and unique tourist attractions in central Iran
The Masjid-e Jame has the highest minarets of all the mosques in Iran. It dates back to the 11th century, and has magnificent tile-work.
Yazd’s Grand Mosque is known as the most archaic heritage of the provincial capital of Yazd.
The Firday Mosque crowned by a pir of minarets, the highest in Persia, the protal’s facade is decorated from top to bottom in dazzling tilework, predominantly blue in color. Within there is a long arcaded court where, behind a deep-set south-east Ivan, is a sanctuary chamber. This chamber, under a squat tiled dome, is exquisited decorated with glass mosaic: its tall faience Mihrab, dated 1365, is one of the finest of its kind in existence. The Mosque was largely rebuilt between 1324 and 1365, and is one of the outstanding 14th century buildings in Persia. The tilework has recently been skilfully restored and a modern library built to house the mosque’s valuable collection of books and manuscripts.
Its nocturnal area or Shabestan (night prayer hall) with an area of 2700 sq.m. contains 48 similar tall pillars of stone with a beautiful ceiling and a marble altar that is considered to be one of the master pieces of the Zandieh era.
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.
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 mosque’s grandeur and unique style in combining ancient and Islamic architectural elements attracts thousands of tourists every year.
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