Entry portal of the Jame Mosque of Yazd is located to the eastern side of the mosque

Entry portal of the Jame Mosque of Yazd is located to the eastern side of the mosque

Twin minarets and the entry portal of Jame Yazd is considered one of the highest in Iran

Twin minarets and the entry portal of Jame Yazd is considered one of the highest in Iran

A sign beside the entry door points to the history of this beautiful building - a mosque stood at this site in the 12th century (6th Hijri)

A sign beside the entry door points to the history of this beautiful building - a mosque stood at this site in the 12th century (6th Hijri)

The current mosque dates from 1324 and it was built during the reign of Ilkhanid ( southwestern sector of the Mongol Empire)

The current mosque dates from 1324 and it was built during the reign of Ilkhanid ( southwestern sector of the Mongol Empire)

A chain was lowered at the entry door of the mosque because a funeral prayer was being held inside the mosque

A chain was lowered at the entry door of the mosque because a funeral prayer was being held inside the mosque

Historians agree that this site was bought by Rokn al-Din (buried in Yazd) and a mosque was built here

Historians agree that this site was bought by Rokn al-Din (buried in Yazd) and a mosque was built here

Two towering minarets of the Jame Yazd - when looking upward, these seem to be a fitting adaptation to tall entry portal

Two towering minarets of the Jame Yazd - when looking upward, these seem to be a fitting adaptation to tall entry portal

Blue is the main colour used to decorate the entry portal of the mosque

Blue is the main colour used to decorate the entry portal of the mosque

A closer look at the actual door of the mosque, from it's design it appears to be quite old

A closer look at the actual door of the mosque, from it's design it appears to be quite old

Patterns created at the door to enhance it's beauty

Patterns created at the door to enhance it's beauty

An open arch in the middle of the entry portal - this arch sits halfway between the ground and the tips of the minarets

An open arch in the middle of the entry portal - this arch sits halfway between the ground and the tips of the minarets

The vault of the soaring portal iwan is surmounted by a muqarnas units in blue, white, and ochre, ascending to a smooth semi-dome medallion decorated in concentric rings of floral arabesque

The vault of the soaring portal iwan is surmounted by a muqarnas units in blue, white, and ochre, ascending to a smooth semi-dome medallion decorated in concentric rings of floral arabesque

Most of the decoration in the building was added under Muzaffarid rule, after they succeeded the Ilkhanids

Most of the decoration in the building was added under Muzaffarid rule, after they succeeded the Ilkhanids

The variety of decorative techniques and forms of colored glazed tile mosaic work and (unglazed) carved terracotta

The variety of decorative techniques and forms of colored glazed tile mosaic work and (unglazed) carved terracotta

The combination of the colours and the patterns make this entry door to be admired among all the mosques in Iran

The combination of the colours and the patterns make this entry door to be admired among all the mosques in Iran

This marble has arabic inscriptions, it is located inside the entry portal of the mosque

This marble has arabic inscriptions, it is located inside the entry portal of the mosque

Courtyard of the mosque seen through the arch of the entry portal

Courtyard of the mosque seen through the arch of the entry portal

Looking back at the entry door, from inside the mosque - from here an anteroom connects to the southern prayer hall

Looking back at the entry door, from inside the mosque - from here an anteroom connects to the southern prayer hall

Ceiling of the Jame Yazd - when looking closely at this figure in the middle, it gives 3d effects

Ceiling of the Jame Yazd - when looking closely at this figure in the middle, it gives 3d effects

The rectangular courtyard of the mosque measures around 18m x 46m - this courtyard is built from all sides

The rectangular courtyard of the mosque measures around 18m x 46m - this courtyard is built from all sides

Towering minarets of the Jame Yazd can be seen to the eastern side and main prayer hall is situated to the south

Towering minarets of the Jame Yazd can be seen to the eastern side and main prayer hall is situated to the south

Minarets of the Jame Yazd, seen from inside

Minarets of the Jame Yazd, seen from inside

Dome of the mosque is inside the southern iwan - the galleries inside the iwan in order to allow light and air into the building

Dome of the mosque is inside the southern iwan - the galleries inside the iwan in order to allow light and air into the building

Dome chamber of the mosque measures around 12m x 12m

Dome chamber of the mosque measures around 12m x 12m

Two ladies praying inside the mosque - the mehrab of the mosque is decorated with the brightly coloured blue tiles

Two ladies praying inside the mosque - the mehrab of the mosque is decorated with the brightly coloured blue tiles

Upper section of the mehrab - In 1375, the decoration of the dome was finished and a mehrab was installed in the domed chamber

Upper section of the mehrab - In 1375, the decoration of the dome was finished and a mehrab was installed in the domed chamber

A small door beside the mehrab which provides access to the upper area of the mosque - I wasn't sure about it so I refrained to go up there

A small door beside the mehrab which provides access to the upper area of the mosque - I wasn't sure about it so I refrained to go up there

The area above the mehrab is framed by a calligraphic inscription band in white thuluth script on a blue background

The area above the mehrab is framed by a calligraphic inscription band in white thuluth script on a blue background

Walls of the southern iwan has small holes for air to circulate in the building - even this part of the wall was decorated with the blue tiles

Walls of the southern iwan has small holes for air to circulate in the building - even this part of the wall was decorated with the blue tiles

Geometrical patterns are created to add precision and dimension to this mosque

Geometrical patterns are created to add precision and dimension to this mosque

Floral motif are part of the Islamic decorations in the whole Muslim World and this mosque fits into this nicely

Floral motif are part of the Islamic decorations in the whole Muslim World and this mosque fits into this nicely

Visitors in front of the southern iwan - here length of the iwan can be seen which offers protection from the sunshine in the summer

Visitors in front of the southern iwan - here length of the iwan can be seen which offers protection from the sunshine in the summer

Qanat system was built to bring water into Yazd city from Fahraj village

Qanat system was built to bring water into Yazd city from Fahraj village

Water would leave this mosque for Zarch, this qanat was 90km in length (probably, one of the logest in Iran)

Water would leave this mosque for Zarch, this qanat was 90km in length (probably, one of the logest in Iran)

The current minarets of the mosque date from the Safavid era

The current minarets of the mosque date from the Safavid era

A library/shop is also added to the mosque

A library/shop is also added to the mosque

It offered many books on religion, hadith and many other similar subjects

It offered many books on religion, hadith and many other similar subjects

Door of the second entrance of the mosque - this door is sometimes referred as the back door

Door of the second entrance of the mosque - this door is sometimes referred as the back door

Solid wood and long nails were used to hold this large door together

Solid wood and long nails were used to hold this large door together

A final look at this beautiful mosque and it's dome

A final look at this beautiful mosque and it's dome