Thursday, February 2, 2023

Tarikhaneh Mosque; 2,300-Year-Old Monument in Central Iran

Tarikhaneh Mosque is an ancient site in the central Iranian city of Damghan. Initially a Zoroastrian temple, the monument was built more than two thousand years ago.

Known as Sad Darvazeh Mosque (Mosque of 100 Gates), Tarikhaneh is one of the oldest mosques in Iran and the Islamic history.

Tarikhaneh was established between 747 CE and 786 CE, a Farsi report by ISNA said.

Tari means God and Tarikhaneh means the house of God. The mosque is built in Khorasani architecture style. It is also among the earliest mosques in the Iranian history which accommodates a minaret inside its interior.

During the reconstruction of the mosque in the 13th Hijri century (1776-1883), architects set up some sharp domes instead of the original oval domes which had collapsed throughout history.

During the Seljuq dynasty, another circular minaret was added to the building of the mosque on which a piece of Quranic quote has been carved in Kufic style (There is no deity but God). The building of the minaret was sponsored by Bakhtiar the son of Mohammad. The minaret is 26m in height. It has 86 steps with some Seljuq style decorations.

Here are ISNA’s photos of Tarikhaneh Mosque :

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