Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Jameh Mosque, Yazd

Masjed-e-Jameh, Jameh Mosque, in Yazd is one of the most stunning mosques I've seen in Iran. 900 years ago, it was an Atashkadeh, Fire Temple, but today the twin minarets that measure 52 meters from the top to the ground make up a beautiful part of Yazd's skyline. 

The colossal 700 year old doors have handles in the middle, symbolic of reaching up to knock on the door of the house of God. Also in the courtyard are stairs leading down to a qanat, water supply tunnel, that's closed to the public.

 Entrance ceiling

Man praying

From blue honeycomb tiled walls to starry ceilings, the mosaic detail on the inside is dizzying. What surprised me the most though, was to see three Ali's written in Kufic script with swastikas on either side. What was a swastika doing in a 12th century mosque? As you know, the swastika (gardooneh mehr, in Persian) is historically a sign of auspiciousness. It symbolizes infinity, timelessness, birth, and death. 

Swastikas around Ali written in Kufic script
Kufic script and honeycomb tiles

Dome detail

Stars filling the dome

The plasterwork is also quite beautiful. It's made from the same material as the mohr, the small clay tablets that Shiite Muslims pray with. 

Wall detail
Wall detail
Wall detail

Just another of Yazd's beautiful sites!


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