Yazd Grand Mosque: 16 photos that show its sophisticated Islamic architecture

In my previous post, I mentioned the sophisticated decorations of Yazd Grand Mosque, delicate yet sharp geometric shapes also used as patterns for local carpets, so here I’m posting a photo essay in the hope to reproduce some of the beauty you can enjoy at the mosque itself.

Mesmerizing interior decorations of Yazd Grand Mosque

Mesmerizing interior decorations of Yazd Grand Mosque

Iranian mosques are always finely decorated, and Yazd Jame Mosque (Jame as the place for Friday prayers as opposed to daily masjids) is one of the most stunning examples of the country’s religious architecture. Dating back to the 14th century and located in the heart of the city, it was once in the middle of the city’s pizzazz, set among public buildings such as schools, local markets, libraries and offices. According to some research, the building was originally founded as a Zoroastrian temple dating back to the Sassanid era and was later converted into a mosque during Seljuk rule.

A charming collection of turquoise tiles and sand-hued brickwork creates a spellbinding atmosphere. The huge entrance is embellished with verses from the Quran, symbols, laws and deeds, alongside two tapering minarets.

Quickly becoming a popular destination among tourists from all over the world, when I visited, it was beautifully empty and quiet, giving me the chance to indulge in its peaceful vibe.

Below is my photo essay with the pictures I took ambling about Yazd Grand Mosque, I hope you will enjoy and, obviously, feel inspired to plan a trip yourself.
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The monumental portal (pishtaq) as one of the entrances to the mosque

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Wall decorations at Yazd Grand Mosque

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Beautiful tiles adorning Yazd mosque

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More examples of islamic decoration in Yazd

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Exterior decoration

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Symbols and delicate patterns of Islamic decoration

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Turquoise as one of the main shades of blue in Yazd

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Interior decoration dominating the Mirhab of Yazd’s mosque

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Typical geometric shapes adorning Yazd’s main mosque

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Sophisticated patterns of Yazd’s mosque

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Beautiful and sophisticated decorations of the ceiling of Yazd’s mosque

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Be it a fence or a wall, the decorations of Yazd’s mosque are always stunning

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Inside Yazd’s mosque and its Mirhab

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Ambling about the arcaded courtyard of Yazd Grand Mosque

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Yazd mosque from its interior courtyard

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3 Comments
  1. your photography is amazing!can i use your photo with your copy right?

  2. Yazd is amazing a real desert city. The qanats and badgirs are amazing solutions to keeping in a city with 4 inches of rain a year.Your pictures do it justice. The colours of the adobe walls of the old houses and walls a gorgeous red as sunset approaches. Not as well known as Shiraz and Esfahan, no trip to Iran is complete without a visit.

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