A Brick Dome in Iran

by Marcus Milwright | Talking about art

Why is brick such an important material in the architecture of Iran, and how was it used both for structural and decorative purposes? This talk examines an elaborate dome built over the prayer hall of a medieval mosque in the town of Ardistan in central Iran.

Figure 1. View of the dome over the prayer hall of the Masjid- Jami in Ardistan, Iran. Early twelfth century. Photo: Marcus Milwright.

Figure 2. View of a squinch in the zone of transition. Photo: Marcus Milwright.

Figure 3. View of the exterior of the dome. Wikimedia Commons: Mahdi Mokhlessian.

Figure 4. Stucco decoration on the brickwork of the main entrance to the prayer hall. Photo: Marcus Milwright.