Blue Mosque, Tabriz

The Turquoise of Islamic world and Shi'ism

Address:
Next to Khaqani park, between Khagani street and Mansur crossroads, Imam street, Tabriz, East Azerbaijan, Iran
Visiting time:
8 to 20 during summer, 8 to 17 during winter
Weekly holiday:
Does not have
Annual holidays:
9th and 10th of Moharram, 28 Safar, 21th of Ramazan , 25th of Shavval( these are dates on the lunar calender) 14th Kordad (solar calender)
Entrance fee(Iranian):
25000
Intrance fee(Foreigners):
150000
About: Blue Mosque, Tabriz

Blue mosque of Tabriz (Göy Məscid) is one of the several historical famous blue mosques in the world that are widespread from Cario in Egypt to Mazar-i-Sharif in Afghanistan. 
The Blue mosque in Tabriz was built on the orders of Jahan Shah the ruler of Kara Koyunlu dynasty which made Tabriz the capital of his Kingdom. Construction of this mosque was under supervision of his wife, Begim Khatoon or some believe it was under his daughter Saalehe’s management.
Building Blue mosque of Tabriz finished in 1465, after being under construction for 30 years according to some sources and travelogues. No wonder, because this mosque is one of 10 unique mosques of Islamic era architecture in the world. And the Moaragh tiles used in Blue mosque are the masterpiece of its time and the present. The Moaragh tiles of blue mosque are so thin that some of white color flower tiles are 2 millimeters in width.
Blue mosque is also the mausoleum of Jahan Shah and his wife that buried in Southern interior part of mosque. But unfortunately since Tabriz was in war zone, during the existent of Russian in Tabriz, their burial place have been exhumation and plunder. So unfortunately you can only see two empty graves which are remained.
The mosque is famous as Firoozeh Islam (Turquoise of Islam) for the tiles’ variety and elegance and the great calligraphy that have been carved on marbles and used in tiles, the geometric shapes and designs used in it, as well as the beauty and harmony of colors. 

History:
The Blue mosque of Tabriz was built upon the order of Jahan Shah the ruler of Kara Koyunlu dynasty which made Tabriz the capital of his Kingdom. His Kingdom covered major parts of modern Iran, Azerbaijan, and Turkey. He was killed by Uzun Hassan (the ruler of Ak Koyunlu) and buried on the only parts of the mosque that survived.
The mausoleum was built in the southern section of the mosque and is entirely covered with high marble slabs on which verses from Quran are engraved in Thuluth script on a background of fine arabesques. The roof of the mausoleum and the main dome chamber of the mosque collapsed during an earthquake in 1780. The mosque was rebuilt in 1973. Reconstruction is performed by plans and supervision of Mohammad Reza Memaran Benam, a traditional architect from Tabriz, with authority of the Iranian Organization of Cultural Heritages.
 

General Specifications
Name
Goy Mechid
Appellation
Goy means sky blue in the local Azerbaijan Turkish language (it also connotes greatness and grandure) .And Mechid means mosque.
Age
600 years ago
Restoration
Was restored after the 1779 (1193 lunar calendar) earthquake. Also was repaired and restored in 1966 (1345 solar calendar) by master Reza Memaran.
Builder
Its founder is Abu al-MozaffarJahanshah bin Qara Yusuf, one of the Qara Qoyunlu kings, but the constructions were overseered by his wife, Jan Beygim Khatun.
Architectural style
Azerbaijani style
Special features
The diversity and delicacy of the tileworks and a variety of excellent lines and images and patterns appiled in it, and also the beauty and harmony of colors have made it world famous as "The Turquoise of Islam".
UNESCO World Heritage
Suggestions
Important parts to visit
The portal of the Blue mosque
Best time to visit
Enjoy the sun rays shining inside the mosque and also its pleasing and unique colors are very pleasurable to the eyes.
Duration of visit
Half an our
Nearest tourist attractions
Azerbaijan museum, Shahriar museum, Measures museum, the old houses located at Maqsuidyeh neghborhood and Sadra alley.
Special Offer
Don't forget to visit the tombs of Jahanshah and Jan Beygim Khatun; visitors sometimes miss them.
Access route
Address
Next to Khaqani park, between Khagani street and Mansur crossroads, Imam street, Tabriz, East Azerbaijan, Iran
How to access
Taxi, BRT, on foot
Facilities
Access to vehicles
Access for the disabled with wheelchair
Parking
WC
Residence
Restaurant
Buffet
Safekeeping
Network coverage
Advantage & Disadvantage of Blue Mosque, Tabriz
Disadvantage of Blue Mosque, Tabriz

Commercial complexes around the mosque built in recent years.
Seperating the complex from the park and green spaces nearby.

Blue Mosque, Tabriz
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