Ali Mosque and Its Mesmerizing Minaret


The Ali mosque was originally constructed during Seljuk period but it was renovated in Safavid times. The mosque was named after the first shiite Imam, Ali. It is one of the most important religious building in Esfahan. At the corner of the courtyard, there stands Ali Minaret 52 meters (some say 48 now) off the ground. The minaret’s shaft shows beautiful geometric designs by brick and at least four Kufic inscriptions. This still belongs to the Seljuks dating back to 11th century making it the oldest of minarets here in Esfahan.

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By: Faraz Behpur

 

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