Jame Mosque of Yazd -Photo: Emil & Liliana Schmid

  • Yazd

Yazd is the oldest continually inhabited city in the world with a history of more than 3000 years, dating back to the time of the Median empire. Yazd is situated at an oasis where the Dasht-e Kavir desert and the Dasht-e Lut desert meet and is located in the middle of ancient Silk Road. The whole city is made out of clay and abode. In the horizon of this brown city, Jame mosque of Yazd with the blue minarets and glorious dame is one of the most important eye catchers.

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Yazd

  • Jame Mosque of Yazd

Jame mosque of Yazd, also named Friday mosque or is an awesome blend of grandeur and finesse. with its spectacular view boasts picturesque plaster works, charming dome-chamber, courtyard, elegant tile works and towering minarets. The cluster of spacious iwan, magnificent dome and its surrounding space are world famous artworks. Elegant patterns of brick work, inscription of mosaic tiles and Kufic scripts create a sense of timeless beauty.

Two towering minarets, 52 meters in height are the tallest minarets in Iran. The minarets fell into ruin and were rehabilitated in 1945. One of the minarets has two spiral stair cases. source

The history of Jame mosque of Yazd dated back to 800 years ego. The early mosque was constructed on the site of a Sassanid fire temple on the order of  A’la Al – Dowleh Kalanjar. 200 years later it was reconstructed and the main construction of the present building is ordered by Seyyed Rokhn Al Din Mohammad Qazi. The oldest dated tile work existing in the building is in the eastern entrance vestibule and is dated back to 1364 A.D

The various parts of the mosque were erected in the course of time and commissioned by different individuals. The portico and minarets were re-stored in 1945. source

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Jame Mosque of Yazd, main facade and entry

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Dome, Jame Mosque of Yazd -Photo: Alfred Molen

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Minarets and Main entrance -Photo: Amir Hosni

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Minarets -Photo: El-Len

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Main entrance – Photo: kh

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Main entrance – Photo: Sadegh Miri

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Details, main entrance door

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Main entrance

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Main entrance vestibule ceiling & skylight -Photo: Andrew

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Main entrance vestibule skylight – Source

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Courtyard -Photo: Emil & Liliana Schmid

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Courtyard -Photo: Hamid Najafi

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Courtyard -Photo: Zohre Parinoush

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View of the southern porch from the courtyard

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Porch -Photo: Wendayys

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Arch of the main prayer hall -Photo: Hamid Najafi

Ceiling, dome of the main prayer hall -Photo: Earth,Water, Air, Fire

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Tilework of mihrab and dome of the main prayer hall -Photo: Hamid Najafi

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Mihrab, the niche depicting the direction of Mecca, dated 1375 -Photo: Wendayys

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Main prayer hall

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Corridor (Ravagh)

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Corridor (Ravagh)

Prayer hall  next to the dom -Photo: Masoud Saki

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Prayer hall, ceiling & skylights

Prayer hall, ceiling & skylights

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North-eastern prayer hall (Shabestan)

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North-eastern prayer hall (Shabestan) –Source

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View to minarets from North-eastern prayer hall (Shabestan) -Photo: Earth,Water, Air, Fire

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North-western prayer hall (Shabestan) -Photo: Zohre Parinoush

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Colonnade (Ravagh)

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Colonnade (Ravagh)

 

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Details

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Western Entrance

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Kufic calligraphy in tiles on the western entrance -Photo: Hamid Najafi

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Northern entrance

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Northern entrance –Source

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Lattice brick –Source

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Lattice brick  –Source

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Inlaid mosaic tilework –Source

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Inlaid mosaic tilework -Photo: Sadegh Miri

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Inlaid mosaic tilework -Photo: Sadegh Miri

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Inlaid mosaic tilework -Photo: Leila Dear

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Brickwork -Photo: Leila Dear

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The Kufic inscription band at the base of the dome

 

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Panorama of Yazd 

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In the courtyard of the mosque there is a stairwell leading down to part of the Zarch Qanat, used these days for ritual ablutions -Photo: Zohre Parinoush

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The obverse of the Iranian 200 rials banknote

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Plan –Source

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Section A-A –Source

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Section B-B –Source

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Perspective

 

Panoramic photo by Mojtaba Kargar

Panoramic photo by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji

Map & Video about Yazd

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