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Safi, Sefid or Shahidieh is the oldest mosque in Rasht. While the exact date it was founded is unknown locals believe it was a prayer room built by Sheikh Safi al-Din Ardabili (1252–1334), a Sufi master and eponym of the Safavid dynasty (1501–1736), that later became a mosque or that it is where the eldest son of Shah Abbas I (1571-1629) has been laid to rest.

Safi mosque is famed for its stucco reliefs and Persian blue tilework. The Mihrab (prayer niche) has Quranic reliefs decorated with floral patterns. A tile embedded in the Mihrab states that an artisan named Haji Yousef Kashisaz renovated the mosque and repaired its tilework in 1927.

In the northern part of Safi Mosque there are two side-by-side entrance doors. A brick minaret sits on the southern side of the mosque which is two meters in circumference and has a wooden roof covered in terracotta tiles. A staircase leads to the top of the minaret which has several openings to let in light. Approximately three meters southwest of the minaret is a well that locals believe was dug by Sheikh Safi al-Din Ardabili. Safi Mosque has been registered as a National Heritage Site.

Safi Mosque

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    Ayatollah Bahr-ol-Olum Ave