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.


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

    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.