Introduction to Aminiha Hosseiniyeh
Qazvin is full of ancient historical monuments, some of which date back to the Qajar and Safavid eras. One of the architectural and historical masterpieces of Qazvin is Aminiha Hosseiniyeh. The house, where has been used as a Hussainiyah today, has taken the colour of spirituality and vitality. Aminiha Hosseiniyeh is so extensive that you will not get tired of exploring it. Undoubtedly, by visiting such a stunning place, you will discover the value of Persian architecture, and by looking at the stained glass and the old motifs, you will be immersed in the distant past.
History of Aminiha Hosseiniyeh
Amini House was built in 1896 by one of the famous and faithful merchants of Qazvin named Mohammad Reza Amini. Aminiha Hosseiniyeh was considered one of the artistic and noble houses of Qazvin and was so great and exquisite that it covered a large part of Rumi Street. According to one of the experts, the house name, Hussainiyah, is related to an old story. The king of the time was attracted to the glorious house on his trip to Qazvin. When Mr. Amini assumed that the ruler intended to occupy the mansion, he told him that the building is dedicated to function as a Hussainiyah. Although religious ceremonies were always held there before this incident, it was a sparkling start for the house to be officially called Hossainiyah. During his lifetime, Mr. Amini bequeathed the house to remain a Hossainiyah after his death, and today, after many years, religious ceremonies are still held in the magnificent building.
Architecture of Aminiha Hosseiniyeh
The old architectural style of the house is so fascinating that when entering, you will get amazed and enjoy visiting there. The Hossainiyah includes two courtyards, three halls, and various spaces in the basement and ground floor. The most glamorous part of the residence is undoubtedly the three halls parallel to each other; these halls are combined by the artistic sash, forming a large covered area and a remarkable mirror work. In the middle of the hall, there are luxurious chandeliers and an enormous antique carpet. Also, the south hall with nine sash openings and coloured glass is a masterpiece of art. Looking at the hall’s ceiling, you will be stunned, where paintings, mirrors, bedspreads, and trelliswork have created a spectacular ambiance. There are other sections below the hall includes of a pantry, storage, crypt, and basement. People used crypts and basements to store food in the warm seasons due to the cool air in the lower level.
The central hall is 18 meters long and 5 meters wide, more extended than the other two halls, is located between the north and south courtyards. In these halls, the combination of plastering, paintings, and wooden walls will keep you excited for walking and visiting the house. There is also a historic bathhouse near the building; some believe the place belonged to the Amini family, who were living in the dwelling for a while.