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TEHRAN — Public museums are to be established in the premises of the Jameh Mosque of Sanandaj and a historic church, which stand proudly in the capital of Kordestan province, the provincial head of tourism has announced.

The Jameh Mosque of Sanandaj, as well as the church, are among the most important cultural and historical assets of this city, but unfortunately they could not be used for the development of sustainable tourism in the religious and religious fields. cultural,” said Yaqub Guylian. on Sunday.

These important and valuable buildings will be brought to public attention when they become museums, the official added.

It will also provide better protection and preservation of these historical monuments as well as opportunities for public tours of these important structures, he noted.

Also known as the Dar al-Ehsan Mosque, the Jameh Mosque of Sanandaj dates back to the Qajar era (1789-1925). Because part of this mosque is devoted to rooms for religious students, it can be considered a mosque school.

It is an extremely rich and delicate building decorated with seven-color tiles, marble plinths and glazed bricks. There are beautiful inscriptions in the mosque carved on marble and floral and plant carvings on their edges.

The terms “Jameh Mosque” or “Masjed-e Jameh” or “Friday Mosque” are used in Iran for a large communal mosque where obligatory Friday prayers are/were performed: the phrase is used in other countries Muslims, but only in Iran. designate this goal.

The historic Qajar-era Sanandaj Church, with its distinctive architectural design, was once one of the main centers of the city.

A water fountain can be seen inside the church yard on the south side and there is an active aqueduct (qanat).

The church was included in the national heritage list in 1999.

A Muslim-majority country, Iran is home to many magnificent churches and chapels that feature stunning architecture and exquisite ornate works. The peaceful coexistence between Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Zoroastrian communities is a social phenomenon that can be traced in various documents related by many travelers to the country.

The name Kordestan refers to the main inhabitants of the region. After the Turkish invasion of Iran in the 11th century CE (Seljuk period), the name Kurdistan was applied to the region comprising the northwestern Zagros Mountains.

It was during the reign of Abbas I the Great of the Safavid dynasty of Iran (1501-1736) that the Kurds rose to prominence, having been enlisted by Abbas I to help stem attacks by the Uzbeks in marauding from the east at the beginning of the 17th century.

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