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Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Forty Seven - 27 February 2023
Iran Daily - Number Seven Thousand Two Hundred and Forty Seven - 27 February 2023 - Page 4

Kashan’s Aqa Bozorg Mosque, fusion of Iranian and Islamic cultures


One of the most significant buildings in Iranian architecture is Aqa Bozorg Mosque in Kashan, Isfahan Province.
You can see a fusion of Iranian and Islamic cultures in this mosque. Aqa Bozorg Mosque, which stands out in the heart of the desert, is one the most magnificent monuments left from the Qajar Period (1789-1925 CE), wrote.
This mosque is located in a complex consisting of a mosque and a school, which is attributed to Mullah Mahdi Naraqi, a Shi’a scholar.
This mosque has exquisite decorations and elements used in it. The muqarnas structure of the mosque’s entrance and delicate plasterworks and unique tile works dazzle the eyes.
Aqa Bozorg Mosque has five floors and two courtyards at the top and bottom. One of the most outstanding points which can be mentioned about the site is that it combines the mosque and the school, and all the diverse spaces needed by the two buildings are placed together.
Aqa Bozorg School was built in the style of Chahar Baq and Sadr Schools in Isfahan. The existence of the Khajeh Tajeddin historical monument, which is 700 years old and located in the east of the mosque, cannot be ignored.
Another unusual part of this historical building is its portal, which reminds us of old Iranian gardens. This portal has caused the porticoes and the dome to have a certain height, which is different from usual architecture.
The central courtyard and the lovely pool in its middle are good examples of Persian architecture. Another place of wonder in this structure is the ceiling under the dome.
Moreover, the school located next to the mosque has a badgir, the traditional wind-catcher in Persian architecture that worked as an air-conditioner for the building. All of these elements represent the simple life of both the people and rulers of Kashan many years ago. Other than admiring its beauty, the best thing to do is to take your camera and capture little interesting details that you find in every corner of this majestic mosque.
Agha Bozorg Mosque is in the heart of Kashan, so you have easy access to most of the famous tourist attractions of Kashan such as Borujerdiha House, Tabatabaei House, Ameri House, Sultan Amir Ahmad Bathhouse, and the Toy Museum.

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