Jame Mosque,Isfahan : Located in the historic center of Isfahan the Jame mosque can be seen as a stunning illustration of the evolution of mosque architecture over twelve centuries. It is the oldest preserved edifice of its type in Iran and a prototype for later mosque designs throughout central Asia.
This complex covering more than 20,000 square meters is also the first Islamic building that adapted the four-courtyard layout of Sassanid palaces to Islamic religious architecture. Its double-shelled ribbed domes represent an architectural innovation that inspired builders throughout the region. The site also features remarkable decorative details representative of stylistic developments over more than a thousand years of Islamic art. Jame mosque is the oldest Jame mosque in Iran.
The building illustrates a sequence of architectural construction and decorative style of different periods in Iranian Islamic architecture covering 13 centuries most predominantly the Abbasid, Seljuk, Ilkhanid, Timurid and Safavid eras.
This mosque contains a continuous sequence of Islamic architectural styles,the most prominent of which date from Seljuk period.The remains from the Seljuk era especially the key elements of the ground plan,the four courtyard and the two domes are sufficient to illustrate the advances in mosque and dome architecture made at the time.