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Bastam Jam’e Mosque of Shahrood

Vahid Pourtajrishi  6/28/2014

Bastam:

Bastam<> (Persian: بسطام, also Romanized as Basţām, Bustām, and Bisṭām) is a city in and capital of the Bastam District of Shahrud County, Semnan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 7,382, in 1,997 families.

Bastam was founded in the 6th century in the Greater Khorasan. It is north of Shahrud. The town is known for its Islamic monuments from the Ilkhanid period and its association with the mystic Bayazid Bastami. The Elburz mountains are to the north of the town.

The 19th-century poet, Abbas Foroughi Bastami, lived in Bastam for a time and thence acquired its name as his own.

A tradition says that the town was founded by a certain Bistam, uncle of the Sassanid king Khosrau II.

 

Jam’e Mosque:

 

The said mosque is located at a distance of 200 m. from the tomb of Bayazid to the south of Bastam. The same comprises of two sections. One is the square courtyard with an altar which is intricately and artistically adorned with a master-piece of plaster works. Sacred phrases, beautifully engraved with plaster can be noted here. The second part differs completely regarding artistic endeavors in comparison with the former altar. The mosque was constructed in the year 706 AH. Two inscriptions display the name of the founder, date of construction, and date of repair which took place during the reign of Fathali Shah Qajar.

 

 

 


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