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.
Below is my photo essay with the pictures I took ambling about Yazd Grand Mosque, I hope you will enjoy and, obviously, feel inspired to plan a trip yourself.
The monumental portal (pishtaq) as one of the entrances to the mosque
Wall decorations at Yazd Grand Mosque
Beautiful tiles adorning Yazd mosque
More examples of islamic decoration in Yazd
Symbols and delicate patterns of Islamic decoration
Turquoise as one of the main shades of blue in Yazd
Interior decoration dominating the Mirhab of Yazd’s mosque
Typical geometric shapes adorning Yazd’s main mosque
Sophisticated patterns of Yazd’s mosque
Beautiful and sophisticated decorations of the ceiling of Yazd’s mosque
Be it a fence or a wall, the decorations of Yazd’s mosque are always stunning
Inside Yazd’s mosque and its Mirhab
Ambling about the arcaded courtyard of Yazd Grand Mosque
Yazd mosque from its interior courtyard