Goharshad Mosque


Qavam al-Din Shirazi, flourishing by 1410

Mashhad, Razavi Khorasan, Iran; 1418

After the killing of the holy man Imam Reza in 818, a mausoleum was established at Mashhad, whose name means ‘the place of sacrifice’. It has been rebuilt and remodelled several times, and is now set beneath a spectacular golden dome, at the focus of the largest mosque in Iran, which is second in capacity only to the Great Mosque in Mecca. The Goharshad Mosque is incorporated in a larger complex, contributing one of seven courtyards to the overall scheme. It was built adjoining the mausoleum as a site of prayer that gave proper status to the sanctity ...

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