Photographer's Note

The shot shows an old alley to the Fahraj ancient Jameh mosque.
Fahraj lies on the old route between Yazd and Bafgh.
The Jame mosque of Fahraj is from the earlier Islamic era. The mosque primarily consists of an internal courtyard, vaulted sanctuary and arcades, and a clay minaret. It is largely built of sun-dried, unfired clay tiles and mud bricks.
This ancient mosque is about 1400 years old and the minaret seen in the shot, added to the mosque later in the tenth century and is one of the earliest extant examples of its type. The minaret is built as a tapering cylinder with an internal spiral staircase lit by slits that form a regular pattern on the minaret's external elevation. The projecting balcony is crowned by triangular crenellations with a pronounced batter (a slope, as of the outer face of a wall , that recedes from bottom to top), accentuating the minaret's verticality. The Fahraj minaret is one of the first known Iranian minarets after the minaret at Siraf, and has played a pivotal role in developing the cylindrical minaret form, that was later carried far with Seljuk conquests to Syria, Anatolia, Iraq, Afghanistan and India.

مسجد جامع فهرج

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