A view of Golpayegan Grand Mosque, Isfahan province
|Irano-German Team to Study Golpayegan Mosque
An Irano-German team will launch the second round
of excavations in Golpayegan Grand Mosque, Isfahan province. Speaking
to ISNA, an expert with the Research Center for Preserving and
Repairing Historical and Cultural Monuments, Zatollah Nikzad also said
that the first round of the studies were conducted last year under a
one-year plan, following which the job of compiling documents and
architectural maps along with field research works started.
Referring to the need to undertake architectural studies in the mosque,
which may have influenced the development of Iranian architecture, he
said that the oldest section of the mosque is its unique dome, which
dates back to the Seljukid era (1037-1187 AD).
It uses special architecture as well as unique
plaster works, he said, adding that field works are currently centered
on the dome as well as its architecture in various eras.
Commenting on the theory whether the Seljukid era is the last period
determined for the mosque or whether it has been built over another
mosque, he said that field researches have revealed the existence of an
older mosque belonging to a period earlier than the Seljukid era.
Preliminary studies were conducted on its dome, he said, adding that
the second round of excavations in Golpayegan Grand Mosque will
continue in this section as well other sections.
The time for starting the second round of the
studies has not yet been fixed since it depends on financial issues and
obtaining permit. However, the project is on this year’s agenda, Nikzad
concluded. History of Golpayegan goes back to over 5,000 years.
Sprawling over an area of 1,945 square kilometers, the city is located
to the west of the provincial capital Isfahan. http://www.iran-daily.com/1386/2921/html/art.htm