🕒 2 minute read
Friday Mosque of Kerman (locally called Jame Mosque) is one of the tourist attractions of Kerman which dates back to 14th century. It was a tradition to build a mosque in vicinity of old bazaar that everyone can attend for noon pray.
The Friday mosque of Kerman was built in 1350 in different phases by Amir Mobarezeddin Mohammad-e-Mozaffari-e-Meybodi- Yazdi under the Muzaffarids, who pushed away the Il Khanids after Abu Sa’id’s death in 1335 and founded his dynasty for more than 60 years.
Originally, the Friday mosque of Kerman comprises a rectangular courtyard with measure of 40 meters by 32 meters and surrounded by a one-story arcade with four Iwans placed at the center of each side. Only the southern main Iwan is flanked by additional galleries on the second floor.
It rises higher than the other three open Iwans facing the courtyard and is both wider and deeper with the measure of 10 meters by 15 meters. In Iranian architecture, most of the mosques should have to Iwans (huge porticos) in any side and mostly in the center in order to make a symmetrical plan. This will also help artists to well shape the mosque and add more details.
There are 2 Iwans in this mosque as one of them is facing to southwest and one is faces northeast. As long as we know this mosque has been well preserved in different dynasties until late 19th century that it was destroyed by local governor.
Usually mosques have seasonal rooms for praying especially in Friday mosques in all over Iran. This mosque on southern face had already a well decorated praying hall but unfortunately, it was badly destroyed by earthquake. It was renovated during Zand dynasty in 18th century but with less decoration.