Mosques are among the most important and significant elements in Iranian architecture which is also one of the 5 elements in each city. The Agha Bozorg Mosque is the most popular mosque in Kashan which is so historical and beautiful. It is so big that includes a school too. When the construction and decoration of mosques mixed with Iranian art and architecture, they turned into very unique places. And the Agha Bozorg Mosque in Kashan is one of the most beautiful mosques in Iran.
Brief History about Agha Bozorg Mosque
The construction of this mosque dates back to the Qajar era. Like any other mosques, the Agha Bozorg Mosque was a place for prayers, but it was also a theological school. A benefactor, named Haj Mohammad Taghi Khanban, paid the costs of this mosque. However, the mosque itself was held by Mulla Mohammad Naraqi, also known as Agha Bozorg (which means big or great lord). The king himself gave this title to him. Therefore, after the construction of the mosque, they put his title on the name of the mosque.
It was during the reign of Agha Mohammad Shah Qajar when Haj Mohammad Taghi Khanban decided to make a place for public prayers and also a school for people. Therefore, this mosque was born. However, the construction of Agha Bozorg Mosque took almost 8 years. But it was the unique design and decoration of this mosque that made it so popular, especially between the tourists. The decoration inside the mosque with all the tiling, stucco, and Mogharnas, make this building mesmerizing. The Agha Bozorg Mosque is also the only mosque in the world that has 5 floors and two courtyards. The mosque also has a great symmetrical design. It is one of the reasons why the Agha Bozorg Mosque is known as the finest Islamic complex in Kashan and one of the best mosques of the mid-19th century.
Places nearby Agha Bozorg Mosque
Like many other tourist attractions in Kashan, the Agha Bozorg Mosque is also located in the old texture of the city. Hence, it is very close to other tourist attractions such as the Abbasian Historical House which is just 900 meters away and reachable on foot in 10 minutes. The distance between the mosque and the Tabatabaei Historical House, which is the most popular and luxurious house in this city, is also 900 meters. Therefore, it will be easy to see most of the historical houses and tourist attractions in Kashan in one day. Moreover, there are great restaurants and cafes around this mosque too.
The closest hotel to the Agha Bozorg Mosque is Noghli Traditional Hotel which is just a few steps away from the mosque. The Ameriha Boutique Hotel, which is one of the best hotels in Kashan, is also very close to this mosque. The distance between the Ameriha Hotel and Agha Bozorg Mosque is just 550 meters. Walking to this attraction from the hotel will take less than 10 minutes.
How to get to Agha Bozorg Mosque Kashan
Agha Bozorg Mosque is just 400 meters away from Kamal-ol-Molk Square and is located in a street with the same name. Therefore, if you get to this square, it will be easy to find the mosque. You can either take a bus to this square or find a taxi. However, it depends on which part of the city you are staying in.
If you are staying in any hotels in the historical district of Kashan, such as the Amirza Traditional Hotel or Sana Historical Hostel, you can easily walk to this attraction and even other historic houses in Kashan. But, if you are staying in hotels outside this area, such as the Amir Kabir Hotel, you can take a taxi or bus to Kamal-ol-Molk Square. However, it will always be easy to rent a car or take a tour so you can simply visit most of the tourist attractions in Kashan in one day.
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