Imamzade Hossein

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Main entrance of the Imamzade Hossein
Rear view of the dome building, which is illuminated in the evening

The Imamzade Hossein (also Emamzadeh-ye Hossein , Persian مسجد جامع عتيق قزوین) Which is grave mosque a son of the 8th  Imam Ali al-Ridha ( "Hazrat-e Reza") that within a mid-16th century by the Safavids - I. Shah Tahmasp built pilgrimage center in Qazvin , Iran is.


The burial place is named after the Imam's son, Hossein, who died at the age of two. He died while traveling with his father to Khorasan in Qazvin in 821 and was buried on site. Later other people from the Safavid dynasty were buried next to it. Tahmasp I, who had his seat of government in Qazvin, built the tomb. His daughter "Zainab Beygum" expanded it in 1630, as evidenced by a tile inscription.


The grave building is reminiscent of a spacious palace complex with a walled courtyard, rows of plants, small ivans , niches, grave slabs and precious blue and cream-colored tile decorations. The facade of the main gate is surmounted by a total of six decorative minarets . When the main gate is passed, a large inner courtyard opens up. Directly behind the gate is a pavilion-like, octagonal well house.

The tomb is spanned by a blue and yellow tiled dome. The central part of the building is decorated with numerous mirror mosaics; The mirror mosaics in the vestibule and the tiles on the facade date from the 19th century. A vestibule supported by slender columns leads to this central part, which has two entrances, separated by gender; left for women, right for men. The building may only be entered without shoes. Chador is also compulsory for women . The shrine can be reached from the vestibule . The interior of the shrine is decorated with mirrors, crystals and ornate chandeliers.

See also

Web links

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  • Hans Berger: Iran . Conrad Stein, 5th edition, 2001, ISBN 3-89392-273-3 (travel manual).

Individual evidence

  1. Introduction and cities of pilgrimage in Iran, p. 32
  2. a b c Mahmoud Rashad, DUMONT KUNST TRAVEL GUIDE Iran , p. 146 ff.
  3. Berger, p. 238
  4. 2 exterior views
  5. image of the dome

Coordinates: 36 ° 15 ′ 28 ″  N , 50 ° 0 ′ 3 ″  E