The villages round Isfahan have not suffered from the same compulsive desire to tear down the old and to build anew that has affected the more prosperous town. They therefore have a surprising number of relatively intact early mosques which show the early style of a single domed building accompanied by a single minaret, rather than the larger, more opulent four eivan style that dominates the city centre. Although they are mainly in ruins, enough restoration work has been done on them to make them safe for worship, without destroying the fabric of the original. The buttresses on the side have been placed there recently for this purpose.
This little mosque is easily visible and accessible from the road from Isfahan to Ziar, where it stands on the southern side in the village whose name it bears. It probably dates from the 11th or 12th century and its very simplicity makes it easier to follow the contruction processes within the chamber while its smallness and accessibility enable the visitor to examine the way in which the glazed bricks which formed the decoration were inset into the surrounding structure.
Last Updated December 15, 1998