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Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan

CountryIran
Date of Inscription2012
CategoryCultural Sites
UNESCOhttp://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1397

Located in the historical centre of Isfahan, the “Friday mosque” can be seen as a stunning illustration of the evolution of mosque architecture over 12 centuries, starting in 841 A.D. It is the oldest preserved edifice of its type in Iran and a prototype for later mosque designs throughout Central Asia. The complex, covering more than 20,000m2, is also the first Islamic building that adapted the four-courtyard layout of Sassanid palaces to Islamic religious architecture. Its double-shelled ribbed domes represent an architectural innovation that inspired builders throughout the region. The site also features remarkable decorative details representative of stylistic developments over more than a thousand years of Islamic art.

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World Heritage Sites in Iran

Flag of Iran Iran
Capital: Tehran
Currency: Iranian Rial (IRR)
Language: Persian
Time Zone: UTC+3.30

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