Thursday, April 3, 2014

Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan - Iran

On my last trade with Emerich, i've got cards from 4 new UNESCO sites. This one is from Iran, it shows the Oljaito Altar, inside the Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan.
Masjed-e Jāmé of Isfahan was classified as a UNESCO WHS in 2012. 

Photo by: M. Ebrahimi
Located in the historic centre of Isfahan, the Masjed-e Jāmé (‘Friday mosque’) can be seen as a stunning illustration of the evolution of mosque architecture over twelve centuries, starting in ad 841. 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 20,000 m2, 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. - in:

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