Jameh Mosque of Zanjan
The 4-iwan mosque in Zanjan is linked to Bazar-e Qeysariyeh on west, and Sabzeh Meydan on north. Also a place for religious scholars and clergymen, it is a popular congregational prayer hall in the city. Dating to the Qajar, the place of worship was created by Abdollah Mirzadar, the son of king Fathali Shah, in 1827.
What astonishes you most with your fist step inside is the symmetrically-designed iwans. The two-coated iwans face a courtyard, 48 m long, 36 m wide, with a central beautifully-proportioned pond and encircling chambers and Shabestans (night prayer halls). Chambers are graced with eye-catching ceilings and arches. The multiple chambers catch sun rays and create a bright atmosphere inside. Of note are floral-motif tiles in chambers, with dominant yellow and black colors.
The ceilings of iwans have been beautified by ornate Muqarnas, a form of decorating arches, some of which are lost.
The north and south iwans are festooned with beautiful 7-color tiles with intriguing flower patterns.
The blue-tiled dome, to me, sounds a masterpiece in the entire building, evoking a sense of peacefulness. The two-sheeted, bronze-sphere-topped dome’s spiritual impression is enriched by Aldahr Sura in astonishing Sols script. It features a library on the top floor.
After an inspiring visit to the holy place, recorded as a national heritage site, you can go to see the nearby bazaar with its typical confusing mazes for some shopping. Azeri-speaking sellers will amaze you by generous discounts and bargains.