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.
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.