Tarik Khana Mosque

 Year AH

Year AD

 City

Country

Name

Original Qibla

Rebuilt facing Mecca

 89

 708
 Damghan Iran Masjid i Tarik Khana Petra Never

GPS Coordinates: 36° 9'48.91"N 54°21'15.12"E

 The oldest extant mosque in Iran, the Tarik Khana, or 'House of God' incorporates a simple Arab plan with Sassanian construction techniques. An arcade lines the central courtyard, a single bay deep on all but the qibla side where it increases to 3 bays. The central aisle on the qibla arcade is wider and taller than the others, a form that presciently indicates the later ubiquitous monumental axis of Persian architecture. The arcades, recalling Sassanian precedents, are formed of fired brick arches, elliptical and sometimes slightly pointed, and massive circular brick piers.

The photo above shows lines drawn from Petra and Mecca. Clearly this mosque faces Petra. More information about this mosque can be found at: http://archnet.org/sites/1605

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