Jame Atiq Mosque
Atiq Jame’ Mosque in Qazvin is used for large congregation and is one of the best structures to see while travelling in Iran. Located in Qazvin province, it is one of the oldest mosques in the country and still stands tall in the city despite being ravaged by the atrocities of time. Harun-al-Rashid is said to have started the construction of this mosque in 807 CE. The building was reconstructed and many additions were made to it by the succeeding rulers. The last trace of work seems to have been done during the rule of the Safavids.
When you visit Qazvin, you can notice there are 2 layers in the main dome of Atiq Jame’ Mosque where is locked to the public. Research shows that this dome was built by the Seljuks. It holds some fine relief calligraphy of the days gone by. Most parts of the building were ruined and efforts are on to reconstruct and conserve as much the precious architecture and artwork as possible. Studies point to the fact that the mosque has been built on a Zoroastrian fire temple. While traveling in Iran, you will hear many anecdotes of the Mongol invasion. But despite attempts to destroy the structure, it is still in a reasonably good condition even today. People who visit Qazvin also make a trip to this beautiful Atiq Jame’ Mosque.
A great part of the building has now been converted into a public library. There is still a Shabestan and Ab anbar (water reservoir) in the Mosque, which are protected by Iran’s Cultural Heritage Organization to maintain the honor and dignity of the structure. Part of the mosque got on fire on January 28, 2013 and that resulted in the historic tomb to be completely destroyed.
Like all the grand mosques you will see while traveling Iran, Atiq Jame’ Mosque also has 2 attractive minarets and you can almost feel that an ivan should have been near it. The style of architecture resembles the Central Asian Mosques and it is believed that many people gathered in the building to offer their prayers in the olden days. The building occupies an important place in the history of Qazvin, which serves as the capital city of the Safavid dynasty in 1548.