Jame Mosque Of Yazd | A Portal Ascending To The Sky
Jame Mosque of Yazd is the main congregational mosque is Yazd city, dating back to 10th century AD, although significant renovations altered the mosque during succeeding centuries. Jameh Mosque of Yazd is most famous for its grand portal entrance and exquisite mosaic tile work among Iranian mosques, which has made the monument one of the main Yazd attractions.
Masjed-e Jame or Jame Mosque of Yazd seems to have attracted a lot of attention to itself during history even before it was a mosque! Some researchers believe that there used to be a Sassanid fire temple where the Jame Mosque of Yazd stands nowadays.
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Jameh Mosque of Yazd History
3 main dynasties were mostly involved in the construction of Jame Mosque of Yazd:
- The Buiyd dynasty (10th century) – the main courtyard and sanctuary chamber (=Shabestan)
- The Ilkhanid/Mongol dynasty (13th to 14th century) – the dome chamber
- The Timurid dynasty (14th to 16th century) – the portal
Architecture Of The Grand Mosque Of Yazd
The congregational mosque of Yazd or grand mosque of Yazd is a fine specimen of the Azari style of Persian architecture.
1: The Main Portal And The Minarets
While there are seven entrances to the jameh mosque of Yazd, only four of them are operational and the portal with the minarets is the main one. Do not pass by it so easily. Behold! Look up. The portal’s facade is adorned from top to bottom in dazzling tile work, predominantly azure in color. Fascinatingly in the midst of these tile works, 99 holy names of God are written by Kufic calligraphy.
The highest of their kind in Iran are the minarets of Jame Mosque of Yazd. With 52 meters height, they can be seen even from outside of the city. The two minarets are not the same as they seem. The inner staircases differ. The right minaret’s staircase is a double one while the left minaret has only one.
A folktale about this fact is told by the locals. Once the master and the student decide to build these two minarets without each other’s help. And by the time they are done, the master goes to check how his student’s work he finds out that the student’s art is finer than his. Shockingly, he throws himself down from the minaret and the mournful student throws himself down as well.
2: The Dome Chamber
The exquisite mosaics on the double-shelled dome are priceless. Under a squat tiled dome is exquisitely decorated with faience mosaic (fine tin-glazed pottery on a delicate pale buff earthenware body).
3: The Altar (=Mihrab)
The most holy place in a mosque is its alter. In the case of Jame mosque of Yazd the whole alter is built out of marble. Locals believe that the soil used in the construction was a sacred one from Karbala and instead of using water, the mason used rose water.
The hemisphere above the alter is questionable in its use. Some researchers suppose that the architect of the hemisphere designed it so in the time of the need for repair, the repairer would have a model to use.
Jameh Mosque of Yazd Opening Hours