Isfahan: Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

Quick Facts for the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

who: built under Shah Abbas I (r. 1588-1629)

what: a mosque, but a formally unique mosque without minarets or a courtyard

where: Naqsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran

when: early 17th century; the Safavid Period

why: a mosque for the royal family, not the public

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exterior tile work of the mosque and someone’s forgotten notebook on the ledge
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iwan entrance with muqarna vaulting (defined by those stalactite-like forms)
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another view of the entrance iwan
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tile work on the ceiling of the tunneling vestibule into the mosque
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tile work along the tunneling vestibule into the mosque
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lighting pouring in under the dome of the mosque
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tile color contrasts between the mihrab (niche for direction of pray) and the dome
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the glaze color of the spiraling arch edging is stunning
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walls blending light with dark and geometric with organic
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transition to the dome
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details of the interior dome tile work
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the center of the 13 meter diameter dome
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tile work of the squinches (this architectural element allows for the transition from a square plan to a domed ceiling)
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looking up into a corner squinch
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tiles from floor and wall to ceiling
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Eve soaking it all in
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ceramic grills

 

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