The Blue Heart of Tabriz, a travel story about Tabriz’s Blue Mosque.
Travel stories have a unique way of transporting us to distant lands. Moreover, when penned down by young minds, they often carry an extra sprinkle of magic. Today, 4TinyHands presents a travel story by 11-year-old Iranian artist Ali Keramati, exploring Tabriz’s architectural and historic marvel, the Blue Mosque.
Ali’s journey unfolds through his eyes, as he immerses himself in the ancient Islamic architecture and the serene ambiance of this age-old mosque. His narrative is a testament to the curiosity and the keen eye for beauty that the youth carry within them. So join Ali as he recounts his heartfelt experiences, the chill in the mosque’s air, and the warmth in its welcoming ambiance!
Travel into the Blue Heart of Tabriz
“Visiting the Mozaffarieh Mansion, known as the Blue Mosque of Tabriz, presented one of the most outstanding examples of Islamic architecture in East Azerbaijan province. The structure has a rich history of 600 years.
This visit was a sweet and memorable experience for me, evoking a sense of joy and wonder. In addition, I noticed that the air inside the mosque was much cooler than the air outside. There was an earthy smell inside the mosque as well, which gave me a good feeling.
The walls of the mosque showcased a variety and elegance of tiling. Moreover, the types of lines used in the designs were captivating, especially due to their color. I observed that Lapis lazuli, known as Firoza in Islam, was prominently featured in the decorations.
The Blue Mosque of Tabriz is an attraction that one cannot ignore during a trip to Tabriz city. Merely seeing a photo of the Blue Mosque of Tabriz is enough to tempt anyone to witness the azure tiles of this building in person.
Tabriz’s Blue Mosque: Among the Four in the World
One of the reasons why the Blue Mosque is considered one of the most beautiful tourist attractions in Tabriz is because it is one of the four blue mosques in the world.
I was astonished to learn that it took about 30 years to build this mosque. Furthermore, the building of this mosque is made of bricks and rare stones have been used in the construction of some parts, which added to its unique charm.
A guide was present at the mosque to answer any questions we had and help visitors better understand the architecture and history of the mosque. Additionally, the pleasure of walking in the bluest mosque in the world provided the perfect backdrop for photography.
Another remarkable feature of the mosque was the handicraft exhibition where pottery with the Blue Mosque pattern was on sale. We visited one of the most beautiful Iranian mosques and spent some moments immersed in the turquoise beauty of the Islamic world”. (text: young author Ali Keramati)
Diving Deeper: The Blue Mosque of Tabriz
The Blue Mosque, standing tall in Tabriz, Iran, carries a legacy dating back to 1465. Commissioned by Jahan Shah, the ruler of Kara Koyunlu, this mosque has witnessed the pages of history turn over six centuries. However, an unfortunate earthquake in 1780 caused significant damage, leaving behind only the entrance hall. Despite being devastated by several earthquakes, particularly the severe one in 1780, the mosque saw a ray of hope during the Pahlavi era in the 20th century when it was reconstructed under the expertise of Mohammad Reza Memaran, a traditional architect from Tabriz.
Enveloped in turquoise and azure mosaic tiles, the Blue Mosque showcases the quintessence of Iranian taste and artistic talent. Furthermore, the various calligraphic forms, geometric, and Islamic patterns tell tales of an era gone by. The mosque’s title work, especially the azure color of its fantastic mosaic tiles, has earned it the moniker “the turquoise of Islam”.
FAQ: Your Questions Answered
The Blue Mosque is about 600 years old.
Its unique architectural design, historical significance, and the beautiful blue tiles make it a notable tourist attraction.
Yes, guides are available to help visitors understand the mosque’s historical and architectural background.
Inspired by Ali’s journey?
The Blue Heart of Tabriz awaits, ready to enchant you with its historical charm and architectural splendor. When you plan your trip to Tabriz, you open the door to a world of possibilities. Moreover, you might even discover your very own story intricately carved into the ancient tiles of the mosque. These captivating tales are patiently waiting, poised to be shared with the world.
Your adventure is but a decision away!
Ali Keramati is one of the co-authors of the free eBook ‘Celebrating the Animal Kingdom,’ and I invite you to visit his Instagram account to admire his beautiful artwork up close. You can also connect with me on 4TinyHands’ Facebook page and Instagram account for more artistic inspiration.
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