14 March 2017

Impressions and Images of Iran: Masjed-e Jameh in Kerman

I have lost count of how many congregational mosques I have been to while I was in Iran. Every such mosque was called a "masjid-e jameh" and every one of these mosques had an architectural feature that was always captivating. So one day, I took a shared taxi in Kerman, so that I could go visit the congregational mosque of the city.



The pictures above show you the entrance iwan which greets visitors. There isn't a minaret in this mosque, which makes it unusual. Instead of a minaret, you can find a clock.



The blue tiles are said to be from 1349, though I was also told that there were plenty of renovations and modernizations that happened later from the Safavid Era onward. It was a relatively quiet mosque, not as visually captivating unlike the mosques I have seen in Isfahan, but nevertheless a handsome and majestic one for a city like Kerman. As always, there were a few other locals visiting the mosque, who was happy to show me around, pointing interesting things in the building.

2 comments:

  1. Did anyone object to the visit, since you're not Muslim, or did you get in easily?

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    1. Zhu,

      Entrance to mosques in Iran are rather easy. Some charge an admission fee to foreigners (or non-Muslims), basically to people who want to get in for non-religious purposes. Others are free. But unlike in Morocco for example, they don't forbid entrance to non-Muslims. And typically, people are hospitable enough especially when they want to practice their English, that someone would approach you and even act as tour guide, without expecting a tip at all.

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