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Monday, April 20, 2015

More of the mosque

The Jameh Mosque in Kerman (Jameh refers to the local mosque where people go for Friday prayers; there's at least one in every city) is unique in Iran because it has no minarets. But, for some reason, it does have that clock tower.

Below is the mihrab (the niche that indicates the direction of Mecca, for prayer -- note the very modern light bulb) and one of the squinches. Squinch is a word I'd never heard before, but I now know it well. It's a type of construction to fill in the angles of square walls to support a dome; in Persian architecture it becomes a series of cells, creating a kind of mosaic honeycomb.

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