The 3 Best Tourist Attractions in Kashan
- ThemeArchitecture/ Religious and Epic/ Eastern Bazaar
- Duration3 hr(s)
- Best TimeSPRING | AUTUMN
Visiting the 18th century mosque and madrasah of Aqa Bozorg in the center of Kashan;
Walking in the bustling Qajarid bazaar of Kashan;
Visiting the oldest historical mosque of Kashan having its roots in Seljuk era.
Photos of the The 3 Best Tourist Attractions in Kashan
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From the Public Bazaar to the More Private Mosque of Aqa Bozorg
Bazaars and mosques are the backbones of cities in Iran. The Bazaar of Kashan, dating back to the Safavid period, is a perfection of the art of muqarnas used in the decoration of arches. The next stop will take you deeper in time as the Congregational Mosque of Kashan is the oldest building of the city standing to this day. Finish the journey with the more recent structure, Aqa Borzorg Mosque. This complex of mosque and school was built in the 19th century, for Friday congregational prayers.
Duration : 2 hr(s)
Point Type: STARTING
Bazaars are important axes of cities in Iran, which have witnessed important political, cultural, economic, and religious events during the history. Traditional bazaars consist of shops, caravansaries, mosques, bathhouses, and water reservoirs. This highlights the role of bazaars as not only centers for business transactions, but also social hubs where you can feel a vibrant vitality from sunrise to the sunset. Bazaars were the main connection channels of the city connecting money, goods and people, but they were also locales for communicating, exchanging the news and making announcements orally. Therefore, bazaars were typically built at the most important areas of the cities.&nbs...
Duration : 30 mins
Point Type: STOP OVER
Jameh Mosque of Kashan
You are now in the oldest historical building in Kashan. Jame mosque (congregational mosque) is a Seljuk structure with the third oldest minaret in Iran. The minarets of the mosques in Saveh and Zavareh hold the first and second places respectively. Archaeological excavations revealed that there was originally a fire temple in this site which was converted to the mosque in the Islamic era.
The mosque comprises a vast courtyard with a pool in the middle, two spacious winter prayer halls on the northern side on the ground level and a summer hall on the basement. It also f...
Duration : 30 mins
Point Type: ENDING
Pleasing in its simplicity, this is a five-story mosque with 200 years of history. Haj Mohammad Taqi Khanban commissioned the construction of this school to house the preaching sessions carried out by Mullah Mahdi Naraqi II, known as Agha Bozorg. Construction of the mosque was started in 1834, in Mohammad Shah Qajar’s era, and finished in Naser al-din shah’s era (1848- 1895).
This showcase of Iranian-Islamic art is thought to have been the prototype for symmetric architecture. The portal is accompanied by two stone benches which were used as resting places for passersby. The inscription above the portal points out the tax exemption of the mosque in the order of Mohammad Shah ...
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Heading to the old bazaar from Aqa Bozorg Mosque, visit Khajeh Taj al-Din mausoleum, named after the builder Khajeh Taj al-Din Shirvani. It is the burial place of two descendants of the seventh Imams of Shias
The Great Bazaar of Kashan has many other historical structures inside. If you have enough time take a look at some of them, for example Imamzadeh Shah Yalan, a 15th century mausoleum, featuring an old inlaid sarcophagus inside.