Art manifestation in Islamic architecture was shown in mosque construction in countries like India, Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt, Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria and some other countries. The principal Islamic architectural types are: Mosque, Tomb, Palace and Fort. Here we get familiar with Ten Amazing Mosques in Iran:
1. Nasir ol Molk Mosque, Shiraz:
Nasir ol Molk Mosque or the Pink Mosque; from the outside view seems like a fairly house of worship. A gorgeously colorful place near Shah Cheragh Shrine. It’s highly recommended to visit here when it’s sunny in order to benefit from magical lights inside the mosque!
2. Imam Mosque, Isfahan:
Imam Mosque or former Shah (Royal) Mosque; (renamed after the 1979 Islamic revolution) is one of the finest and the most stunning mosques in Iran. It is registered along with the Naqsh-e Jahan Square as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A unique characteristic of Imam Mosque is the acoustic properties and reflections at the central point under the dome! Which is an amusing interest for many visitors, especially euphonious ones!
3. Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Isfahan:
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque is known as one of the architectural masterpieces of Shah Abbas period, which was dedicated to his father-in-law. It is located on the eastern side of Naghsh-e Jahan Square. It has no minaret or courtyard and represents the best example of architecture and tile work of Iran in the 17th century. Most attractive part of Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque is the pale tiles of the dome, which change color from cream through to pink, depending on the light conditions!
4. Vakil Mosque, Shiraz:
Vakil Mosque was built in the mid-18th century by Karim Khan, the founder of Zand Dynasty. The entrance gates as well as the interior of the mosque are decorated with colored tiles in beautiful floral patterns. As this mosque is very large (area of 8,660 square meters) is often referred as the Stone Forest.
5. Jame Mosque, Yazd:
Jame Mosque of Yazd or Friday Mosque is a distinguish feature of Iranian mosques in possessing tall entry portals, called pishtaq. This mosque is a particularly fine example of two lofty minarets.
6. Blue Mosque, Tabriz:
Blue mosque was built upon the order of Jahan Shah the ruler of Kara Koyunlu dynasty which made Tabriz the capital of his Kingdom. Although the mosque was damaged in an earthquake in 1779, reconstructions propped it up and make it one of the main Tabriz attraction again.
7. Agha Bozorg Mosque, Kashan:
Agha Bozorg Mosque is the historical mosque which was built in the late 18th century. It is famous for its symmetric pattern and attractive appearance. The beautiful dome is flanked by amazing minarets adorned with colorful tiles arranged in some geometric shapes. Its central courtyard and pool in the middle are a good example of Persian architecture.
8. Goharshad Mosque, Mashhad:
Goharshad Mosque; dignified and impressive! The post Islamic method of building structures in Iran is here: in the arches, tile work mosaics and the very round domes of Goharshad Mosque.
9. Jame Mosque, Qazvin:
Jame Mosque of Qazvin is one of the most ancient mosques in Iran. It is believed to have been constructed upon the order of Harun Al-Rashid in 807 CE. Its original building was established on a fire temple during the Sassanid era and other parts were constructed later. Its double-layered dome can be traced back to the Seljuk era. Jame Mosque of Qazvin survived from Mongol invasion.
10. Jame Mosque, Kerman:
Jame Mosque of Kerman was built in 1350. It is the earliest surviving example of Muzaffarid architecture. As the mosque dates from the 14th century, its tile works are limited to four-color palette: white, yellow, dark blue and light blue.