View of the courtyard of the Jame Atiq Mosque, when approached from a small street next to Khayaban-e Astana

View of the courtyard of the Jame Atiq Mosque, when approached from a small street next to Khayaban-e Astana

Jame Atiq Mosque of Shiraz is one of the oldest mosques in Iran - it was first built in 875 during the reign of Saffarid ruler Amr bin al-Lais

Jame Atiq Mosque of Shiraz is one of the oldest mosques in Iran - it was first built in 875 during the reign of Saffarid ruler Amr bin al-Lais

This mosque had suffered many earthquakes in the past and they are clearly visible in the building

This mosque had suffered many earthquakes in the past and they are clearly visible in the building

Decorative details on one of the internal walls of the mosque - most of the present day building dates from the 17th century

Decorative details on one of the internal walls of the mosque - most of the present day building dates from the 17th century

A closer look at one of the painting created by putting the Persian tiles together

A closer look at one of the painting created by putting the Persian tiles together

The original structure used to have six portals (iwans), few shabestans but nearly all have fallen victims of the long history of this mosque

The original structure used to have six portals (iwans), few shabestans but nearly all have fallen victims of the long history of this mosque

This is the main iwan of the mosque - Jame Atiq was also mentioned by Ibne Battuta in his writings

This is the main iwan of the mosque - Jame Atiq was also mentioned by Ibne Battuta in his writings

It appears to be the mehrab of the mosque but there is a wooden door in the middle, hard to tell it's current function

It appears to be the mehrab of the mosque but there is a wooden door in the middle, hard to tell it's current function

Decorative details of the mehrab(probably, it is) - it resembles to many other mosques of Iran

Decorative details of the mehrab(probably, it is) - it resembles to many other mosques of Iran

Upper section of the main iwan with two minarets at the top

Upper section of the main iwan with two minarets at the top

This stone relief shows verses from Koran, was placed inside a wall

This stone relief shows verses from Koran, was placed inside a wall

This rectangular kiosk in the middle of courtyard is known as Kuhda Khane (House of God, Mosque)

This rectangular kiosk in the middle of courtyard is known as Kuhda Khane (House of God, Mosque)

The Khuda Khane was commissioned by Mahmud Shah in 1351

The Khuda Khane was commissioned by Mahmud Shah in 1351

The main function of this building was to house the Korans

The main function of this building was to house the Korans

The core, which measures about five and a half by seven meters, is enveloped by two-meter wide loggias to the east, west and north

The core, which measures about five and a half by seven meters, is enveloped by two-meter wide loggias to the east, west and north

Looking back at the courtyard while standing in the middle of the arch which connects to the shrine of Shah Chirag

Looking back at the courtyard while standing in the middle of the arch which connects to the shrine of Shah Chirag