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There is no doubt that one the most impressive historical sites of Bandar-e Abbas is Galehdari mosque which belong to sunnites of Iran.
Galedari mosque has been built by sunnit charity where it is located in the center of the city during Naser-o-din shah reign as he was one of the famous monarchs in Qajar dynasty back in 19th century. In regards to the name of the mosque, we must say, it’s been built by one of the famous merchant of Sunnit who was Mr. Ahmad Galehdari as he sponsored all of the costs of this mosque.
In comparison with other mosques of Iran that are built for Shiite community, there are several differences from architectural pint of view. For example, in all Shiite mosques traditionally, facades are very decorated by tiles and mosaics but here it’s very plain and simple.
Another point we can make is not having a Hashti (lobby) for visitors as they can go through the mosque quickly. what makes visiting this monument very especial is, having plain decoration on façade and even simple patterns inside the mosque.
it’s interesting to know the structure of all sunnit mosques all over the iran and you will be exposed to the plain gate, courtyard and columned portico and then the main praying hall. Having wooden column all over the portico had made this marvelous more authentic despite having stucco and calligraphies everywhere outside the mosque.
Generally, praying room is a 36 columned hall with stuccos all over it despite having verses of Quran around the wall in different fonts and calligraphy. The niche is one of the most impressive spots in the mosque that is made local artists and it’s in inlaid.
As travel consultants, we recommend visiting this mosque while you are taking a walking tour of Bandar-e Abbas and you can simply contact to the people of the community.
Located at the heart of Bandar Abbas, Galedari Mosque was built in 1878 during the reign of Nasser-al Din Shah Qajar (1831-1896). Built on top of 1.5-meter-high platform, Galedari Mosque has a courtyard, Shabistan (inner sanctum), minarets and a beautiful Mihrab (prayer niche). The spacious Shabistan of this mosque has 36 pillars adorned with stucco reliefs. According to the stone inscription in the mosque, Haj Sheikh Ahmad Galedari built the mosque in place of an older structure.
Sitting on the western side of the mosque is the Mihrab, which is 1.30 meters deep and four meters high with stucco relief decorations. There are several cupboards in the side of the Mihrab where books and other items can be stored. Part of the courtyard of this mosque has been covered for the use of people performing communal prayers. Galedari Mosque has been registered as a National Heritage Site.