Mosque Name: Agha Bozorg Mosque
Year of construction (AD): 18th century
GPS: 33.978204 51.445279
Original Qibla: 255.5 (Petra)
Rebuilt facing Mecca:
Some etymologists argue that the name of the city of Kashan comes from the Kasians, the original inhabitants of the city, whose remains dating back some 9,000 years, and later this was changed to “Kashian”, hence the town name. Between the 12th and the 14th centuries Kashan was an important centre for the production of high quality pottery and tiles. In modern Persian(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_language “Persian language”), the word for a tile (kashi) comes from the name of the town.
There are many notable mosques in the centre of Kashan, Iran. Our database contains three: the Kashan Mosque, the Soltani Mosque, and the Agha Bozorg.
Fath-Ali Shah Qajar (1797-1834/1212-1250 AH) commissioned the mosque to be built in 1807/1221 AH, and it was completed by 1814/1229 AH, according to an inscription on site. The orientation is probably due to the foundation of an older mosque on the site, or else the orientation was copied from an older mosque.