Investigating People’s Sense of Place in Jameh Mosque of Zanjan, Iran

Soroush Peymaei, Majid Shahbazi

Abstract


The present study investigates people’ sense of place in Jameh Mosque of Zanjan located in Zanjan city, Iran, and then evaluating their effects on creating sense of place in this mosque. Participants were pedestrians, traders, visitors of the mosque, and seminary students (n=226) which were selected randomly. A survey questionnaire was used to collect opinions of participants. To analyze collected data, statistical tests including Binomial test, Kruskal-Wallis and Friedman test were used. Binomial test results revealed that, according to participants, physical factors (81%), meaning (89%) and social activities (79%) are three factors that shape sense of place in Jameh Mosque. Kruskal-Wallis test results showed that these three factors have significant effect on attracting people and creating sense of place in this location. Moreover, Friedman test results showed that components of meaning, physical setting and social activity are the most important factors in creating sense of place in Jameh Mosque of Zanjan, respectively. 


Keywords


Sense of place, meaning, activity, physical properties, Jameh Mosque of Zanjan.

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