In focus: Jameh Mosque of Ardestan

December 25, 2016 - 20:5

TEHRAN – The Jameh Mosque of Ardestan, in central Iran, is of high historical importance as it incorporates successive architectural styles of the Sassanids, Buyids, Seljuks and Safavids.

However, a majority of what visitors to the mosque see dates form the Seljuk era (ca. 1040–1196).

Located in a city of the same name in Isfahan Province, the two-story hypostyle mosque has a four- portico (iwan) courtyard surrounded by encircling arcades.

The mosque is part of a larger premises that also includes other mudbrick structures such as a cistern, a caravanserai, a marketplace, a bathhouse, and a madrasa. 

According to Isfahan Cultural Heritage, Tourism, and Handicrafts Department, the mosque was inscribed on the national heritage list in 1931.

Jameh means congregational.

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