TEHRAN — Earlier this year and after years of restoration, scaffolding was partially dismantled from the dome of the majestic Imam Mosque. However, it revealed rows of faulty tiles, which are now promised to be replaced with flawless tiles.
“Defective and problematic tiles that cause irregularities in the surface of the dome of the Imam Mosque will be removed and new tiles will be installed instead,” IRNA said on Sunday, citing the head of tourism of Isfahan.
“After the removal of part of the scaffolding from the dome of the Imam Mosque, defects and problems in terms of unevenness were observed in some parts of it, especially in the 15th and 16th sections, and we promise people and people interested in cultural heritage that these problems will be solved with careful, specialized and compassionate work,” said Alireza Izadi.
According to IRNA, in recent days, photos posted on social media have sparked reactions to the restoration of the 17th century dome.
Elsewhere in his remarks, the tourism chief said mud-brick buildings are generally more sensitive than stone structures, adding that “brick domes such as those of the Imam Mosque or the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque do not exception to this rule and its conditions should be fully investigated by a scientist. and professional point of view.
“When a historic building, for example a dome, is (entirely) surrounded by scaffolding, we cannot visually identify if it is uneven…. it cannot be recognized correctly.
Earlier in May, Izadi said, “Restoration work on the dome of the Imam Mosque has been completed…and we planned to remove the scaffolding poles during Cultural Heritage Week after a decade.”
A masterpiece of Islamic architecture, the Imam Mosque stands at the southern end of the UNESCO-listed Naghsh-e Jahan Square. (Imam Square) in Isfahan, central Iran. The majestic place of worship is impressive in its size and incredible decoration.
Originally named Masjed Shah (“the Shah’s Mosque”), its construction began in 1611 during the reign of Safavid King Shah Abbas the Great who reigned from 1588 to 1629. The mosque’s highest dome was completed during of the last year of his sovereignty.
Its interior and exterior walls are entirely decorated with a coating of polychrome glazed tiles, mainly dark blue, above a continuous marble dado. A huge and very picturesque entrance portal leads visitors to the Imam Mosque whose courtyard walls feature sunken porches framed by tiles of seven colors dark blue and yellow. Each iwan leads to a vaulted sanctuary covered with particularly fine floral motifs on a blue background. Some visitors say that every part of the Imam Mosque is a masterpiece that leaves a lasting impression.
Many believe that each of the parts of the mosque is a work of genius that leaves a lasting impression. This devotional palace owes its splendor mainly to the fact that it is covered with seven-color mosaic tiles and symmetrical calligraphic inscriptions.
Half the world?
Steeped in a rich history, Isfahan was once a hub of international trade and diplomacy in Iran and is now one of Iran’s top tourist destinations for good reason. It abounds with many architectural marvels such as unparalleled Islamic buildings, bazaars, museums, Persian gardens and tree-lined boulevards. It is a city for walking, getting lost in its maze of bazaars, dozing in beautiful gardens and meeting people.
Isfahan is famous not only for the abundance of great historical bridges, but also for its “life-giving river”, the Zayandeh-Rood, which has long given the city original beauty and fertility.
The city has long been nicknamed Nesf-e-Jahan which translates to “half of the world”; which means it is relevant to see half the world. At its height, it was also one of the largest cities in the region with a population of nearly one million. The cool blue tiles of Isfahan’s Islamic buildings and the city’s majestic bridges contrast perfectly with the hot, dry Iranian countryside that surrounds it.
Place Imam is hemmed on four sides by magnificent buildings: to the east, the Cheikh Lotfollah mosque; to the west, the palace of Ali Qapu; to the north, the portico of Qeysarieh; and to the south, the prominent Imam Mosque.
“The square was central to the culture, economy, religion, social power, government and politics of the Safavid capital. Its vast sandy esplanade was used for parties, public walks and executions, for playing polo and for mustering troops,” according to the UNESCO website.
Just at the northern edge of Imam Square, one will find the “Qeysarieh Gate”, which leads to the unique and unforgettable “Grand Bazaar of Isfahan”. This vaulted market is one of the largest and most labyrinthine bazaars in the country. Shops selling crafts, souvenirs, jewelry, silverware, traditional ceramics and authentic Persian rugs.
Modern Isfahan is now home to heavy industry, including steel mills and a nuclear facility on its outskirts, however, its inner core wants to be preserved as a priceless gem. The city is also home to a gigantic, professional and technologically advanced healthcare city, which is a major destination in the field of medical tourism.