Seljuk-era mosque in southeast Iran undergoes tiling restoration
TEHRAN – A team of cultural heritage experts and restorers have started work on sets of tiling on the facade and interior of the Malek Mosque, which stands high in the city of Kerman, southeast of Thailand. ‘Iran.
“Currently, the tiling of the east and north sides of the mosque has been restored,” Kerman province deputy tourism chief Mojtaba Shafiei said on Wednesday, CHTN reported.
“The Malek Mosque is one of the most important places of worship in the city of Kerman and its antiquity dates back to the Seljuk era (1037-1194),” the official said.
Stucco and flooring are among other tasks carried out by local restorers, he added.
The Malek Mosque, now known as the Imam Mosque, is one of the architectural gems of the ancient city. The courtyard in the middle of the building is very large. There is a small swimming pool in the center. Each iwan was planned differently from the others. Although the side fender iwans look the same, there are a few differences. The west wing iwan is shallower, while the other is wider.
The entire facade of an iwan is covered with terracotta and bricks of different shapes. The entrance to the section, where the dome is in front of the mihrab, is through an opening with a single arched arch inside the iwan. The dome in front of the mihrab is small in diameter. The dome rests on the mihrab wall in the front, the mihrab wall in the back, and three arches are placed between two rows of rectangular pillars created by two square pillars. These are connected by two small arches on the sides.
The faces of the arcades, arcades and portals are decorated with glazed bricks. These decorations were added at a later period. They include curved branches and compositions made up of bands of Kufic inscriptions on these panels.