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Jame' mosque of Yazd:

The 12th century mosque is still in use today. It
was first built under /Ala'oddoleh Garshasb/ of the
Al-e Bouyeh dynasty. The mosque was largely rebuilt
between 1324CE and 1365CE, and is one of the
outstanding 14th century buildings of Iran. The
mosque is a fine specimen of the Azari style of
Persian architecture . The mosque is crowned by a
pair of minarets , the highest in Persia, and the
portal's facade is decorated from top to bottom in
dazzling tile work, predominantly blue in colour.
Within is a long arcaded courtyard where, behind a
deep-set south-east iwan , is a sanctuary chamber
(shabestan ). This chamber, under a squat tiled
dome, is exquisitely decorated with faience mosaic:
its tall faience Mihrab , dated 1365CE, is one of
the finest of its kind in existence. The 800 year
old Masjed-i Jame' mosque of Yazd has one of the
tallest minarets among Persian mosques.

The Mihrab and part of the chamber are seen in
this photograph.

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