Re­mains of cen­turies-old mosque un­earthed in Fa­ri­man

Tehran Times - - HERITAGE & TOURISM -

TEHRAN – Ves­tiges of a cen­turies-old mosque have re­cently been brought to light dur­ing an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tion in Sang-Bast Ru­ral District of Fa­ri­man County, north­east Iran.

Dis­cov­er­ies in­clude stucco-or­na­mented col­umns, brick-floor­ing spa­ces and a min­bar or pul­pit, where prayer leader sits to de­liver ser­mons, IRNA re­ported on Sun­day.

The an­cient mosque is ad­ja­cent to the ru­ins of a car­a­vanserai, a pub­lic bath­house, a bazaar and other his­tor­i­cal sites in Razavi Kho­rasan Prov­ince.

Most of the ar­chi­tec­tural el­e­ments of the site date from the Ghaz­navid era (977–1186). Sang-Bast is where Iran’s ear­li­est brick minaret stands, the re­port said.

The newly ex­ca­vated pul­pit in SangBast

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