Monday, 2 March 2009

Bricks and Stucco Rather than Tiles

The most significant building in Na’in is certainly its more than 1000-years old Friday mosque, build in 960 CE. Its single minaret without any ornaments has an octagonal ground plan and tapers. It is built on a small hill somewhat outside of the old city’s center. Nearby, a guard will open the doors of a small museum which is part of a Safavid traditional house with a small sunken garden.

The mosque itself, one of the oldest in Iran where still Friday prayers take place, is Abbasid/Buyid, as the remains of the Jurjir mosque in Esfahan. Brickwork and carved stucco especially of the mihrab and surrounding bays are superb and well-preserved. There is no iwan, which is in fact a development of the later Seljuq rulers of Iran.

The bazaar in the old city is a museum, too. The shops had been closed long time ago when the owners moved to the modern part of the city.

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