Agha Bozorg Mosque
Standing tall in the oasis city of Kashan, the 19th-century mosque boasts a pleasing symmetry in its traditional design that is embellished by intricate plasterwork, woodwork, mirrorwork and geometric tilework patterns.
A tribute to the Islamic architecture, the mosque delicately takes elements of Persian architecture as well.
The massive structure includes several congregational halls, adjoining arcades, tiled minarets, massive badgirs (wind towers) and an austere dome. The mud-brick walls, arches and ceilings are covered with Quranic inscriptions and mosaics as well.
Narratives say that the mosque is named after Mulla Muhammad Mahdi Naraqi (1715-1795) who was nicknamed “Agha Bozorg" for being a Shia philosopher and theologian.
Many travelers opt to bypass Kashan on their journeys between Tehran, Isfahan and Yazd, but this delightful city on the edge of the Dasht-e Kavir (a large desert lying in the middle of the Iranian plateau) has long been one of most alluring destinations in the country.
Rich clusters of architectural wonders, an atmospheric covered bazaar, boutique hotels, lofty mansions, scenic landscapes, a UNESCO-registered garden and hospitable people are amid charms of the city.
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