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The medieval Takyeh Mir Chakhmaq in Yazd, Iran

A takyeh (Persian: تکیه takye; plural: تکایا takâyâ) is a building where Shia Muslims gather to mourn Husayn's death in the month of Muharram.[1][2][3] Such buildings are particularly found in Iran,[4] where there are takyehs in almost every city. Tehran alone is said to have had up to 50 takyehs under the Qajar dynasty.[2] Takyehs are usually designed with observable elements of Persian architecture. Takyehs would host ta'ziyeh performances.

Notable takyehs

See also


  1. ^ Juan Eduardo Campo (1 January 2009). Encyclopedia of Islam. Infobase Publishing. pp. 318–. ISBN 978-1-4381-2696-8.
  2. ^ a b Chelkowski, Peter. "TAʿZIA". Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  3. ^ "تکیه در تهران". Retrieved 5 October 2015.
  4. ^ "The lucrative business of mourning in Iran". Retrieved 5 October 2015.