Remains of centuries-old mosque unearthed in Fariman

April 16, 2018 - 21:31

TEHRAN – Vestiges of a centuries-old mosque have recently been brought to light during an archaeological excavation in Sang-Bast Rural District of Fariman County, northeast Iran.

Discoveries include stucco-ornamented columns, brick-flooring spaces and a minbar or pulpit, where prayer leader sits to deliver sermons, IRNA reported on Sunday.

The ancient mosque is adjacent to the ruins of a caravanserai, a public bathhouse, a bazaar and other historical sites in Razavi Khorasan Province.

Most of the architectural elements of the site date from the Ghaznavid era (977–1186). Sang-Bast is where Iran’s earliest brick minaret stands, the report said. 

PHOTO: The newly excavated pulpit in Sang-Bast

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