Saturday, May 7, 2016

Hosseinieh Amini-ha

Hosseinieh Amini-ha

One of the traditional and historic houses of Qazvin, and the most famous one, that parts of it was donated to be used as Hosseinieh a place of religious rites. The common features of traditional architecture of Iran specially in warmer cities divide the house into two parts. The outer part of the house is the place of business and is considered a rather public place where many strangers that had business with the men of the house were received here. The inner part, was more private, intimate section of the house that was used by the family and close friends. The inner part of the house is where kitchens, cellars, service rooms, baths and private rooms are located. The plan of these houses is made of two or more yards surrounded by buildings with entrances usually on northern and southern part of the yard that was used as winter and summer residence.

This house in particular has 4 yards and 2 levels, the first floor and the basement. The basement of the house, unlike other houses in other cities, was not just a place of storage and service, it was used as residential area and a place of receiving dear guests, the fountain inside is an evidence of that. The first floor has three parallel halls that are connected via inlayed wooden door/windows that were lifted when the number of guests increased, especially during religious rites. The roof of one of the halls are covered with paintings from late Qajar era and the carpets are all custom-made and are consider antique. A part of the basement now functions as Ashura Museum and equipment of Ashura are held there, if you are not visiting Iran during Ashura, you can visit the museum and get to know one of the most important rites of Shiites.    

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