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Monday, 08 August 2016 17:30

Agha Bozorg Mosque finest Islamic complex

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Agha Bozorg is the name of one of the finest mosques in Kashan, Isfahan province.

The historical mosque, built in the late 18th century, is famous for its precise, symmetric architecture and attractive appearance.

It is a good example of Persian architecture with a central courtyard and a pool in the middle.

Agha Bozorg was constructed by the master architect Ustad Haj Sa’ban-Ali and was assisted by his pupil named Ustad Ali Maryam, who later on became one of the most famous architects of Persia.

According to arounddeglobecome, the mosque houses a theological school (Madrasah), which is situated in the center of this grand mosque. The mosque was constructed for holding prayers and preaching sessions carried out by Mullah Mahdi Naraqi II, known as Agha Bozorg.

The mosque consists of four porches, two ornate minarets and a brilliant brick dome. Two largeiwans of the mosque are decorated with calligraphic bands and tilework bearing red, blue or yellow colors against the brick ground.

An iwan is a rectangular hall or space, usually vaulted, walled on three sides, with one end entirely open.

One of the iwan is situated in front of the mehrab (the decorated niche indicating the direction of prayers) and the other is located near the entrance. The wooden front door of the mosque is adorned with as many jewels as there are verses in the Qur’an.

The imposing dome of the mosque is built on the octagonal podium and consists of double layers. The lower covering of the dome carries the weight of the ceiling and resides on the strong pilasters, whereas the outer cladding enlarges the appearance of the dome.

Various verses from the Qur’an are inscribed on and around the dome, which helps it in blending harmoniously with the rest of the structure. The dome is situated right above the mihrab in the mosque.

The beautiful dome is flanked by a couple of amazing minarets adorned with colorful tiles arranged in some geometric shapes.

Mosaics and inscriptions of verses from the Qur’an can be seen adorning a large part of the interior of Agha Bozorg Mosque. The ceiling and the first level chambers bear spartan decorations, whereas the outer part around the arcades dons vibrant mosaics.

The massive courtyard is one of the most notable features of the mosque. The courtyard is flanked by a number of chambers and arcades, and holds another smaller court residing at a level lower than the outer one.

The lower level court possesses a small pond, a fountain and a surrounding garden edged by another series of chambers, as well as arcades used in the hot summer days to protect from the soaring heat.

Although the magnificent mosque of Agha Bozorg is decorated using the moderate use of colored tiles and mosaics, its appearance is ascetic in nature.

The cobbled veranda and brick walls of the mosque make it look simple yet elegant.

Agha Bozorg Mosque is visited by a large number of domestic and foreign tourists throughout the year.

 

source: http://www.iran-daily.com/News/118004.html

 

Monday, 08 August 2016 17:29

Kashan tourism gains momentum

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The number of foreign tourists visiting Kashan, in Isfahan Province, increased fourfold over the past two years compared to the figure for the same period before it, said the city's mayor.

Speaking in a conference themed 'Kashan Land of Opportunities', Mohammad Kazem Razavi, said given the current political and economic condition of the country, the government attaches special importance to attracting overseas investors especially from European and Western countries.

He said Kashan Municipality does its best to expand cooperation with private investors and businessmen.

Nazem Razavi said Kashan plays a significant role in promoting tourism in Isfahan Province, adding preparing conditions for drawing foreign investors and tourists to the city is a necessity.

Pointing to the historical, cultural, natural and religious heritages and specific climatic conditions of Kashan, he said the significant presence of foreign tourists would help city's progress.

He said while the hotels in Kashan cater for travelers, the number of lodgings has gone up significantly in the past two years.

Also, Head of Kashan's Islamic City Council Hossein Heidarian said that members of the council intend to approve plans to provide security for foreign investors.

He said 900 industrial units operate in Kashan particularly in the field of textiles, rosewater and herbal distillates production generating 43,000 job opportunities.

The official said 1,700 historical sites have so far been identified in Kashan, of which 313 have been registered on the National Heritage List.

"The cities of Qamsar, Niasar, Barzak, Natanz, Aran-Bidgol, Badroud and Noushabad, located in the environs of Kashan, have helped boost tourism in the area," he concluded.

The name Kashan comes from Kasian — the original inhabitants of the city, whose remains are found at Teppe Sialk (Sialk Mound) which dates back to 9,000 years. Between the 12th and the 14th centuries CE, Kashan was an important center for the production of high-quality potteries and tiles.

Also, the word for a tile (kashi) is derived from the name of the town. Tourists love this city because of its history and great buildings.

Archeological discoveries in Sialk hillocks, which lie four kilometers west of Kashan, reveal that this region was one of the primary centers of civilization in prehistoric ages. Kashan dates back to Elamite era.

 

source: http://www.iran-daily.com/News/130912.html

 

Monday, 08 August 2016 17:17

25,000 foreign tourists visit Kashan

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Kashan hosted 25,000 foreign tourists since March

Some 25,292 foreign tourists visited historical sites in Kashan since mid-March 2016, according to an official at Kashan Tourism Department.

Alireza Abdollahzadeh said that visitors came from European and Asian countries such as France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain, Albania, Slovakia, Japan and China, IRNA reported.

He said that 414,593 Iranian tourists also went to see monuments in Kashan.

Kashan, he noted, witnessed a 14-percent growth in the number of foreign and domestic visitors this year compared to the figure for a year earlier.

Abdollahzadeh said Fin Garden in Kashan topped the ranking in the number of visitors in view of the beauty of its garden.

He added that Fin Garden together with eight other gardens were registered as 'Iranian Garden' with UNESCO in 2011-2012.

The name of Kashan comes from Kasian ی the original inhabitants of the city, whose remains are found at Tepe Sialk (Sialk Mound) which dates back to 9,000 years.

Between the 12th and the 14th centuries CE, Kashan was an important center for the production of high-quality potteries and tiles.

Also, the word for a ‘tile’ (kashi) takes its name from the town. Tourists love this city because of its long history and great buildings.

Fin Garden, Sialk mound, Boroujerdi House, Tabatabaei House, Abasian House, Niasar, Kashan National Museum, Doll Museum, Reies Cave and Sheibani Museum are among the historical sites of Kashan.

Archeological discoveries in Sialk, which is four kilometers to the west of Kashan, reveal that this region was one of the primary centers of civilization in prehistoric ages. Kashan dates back to Elamite era.

 

source: http://www.iran-daily.com/News/153052.html