Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque Isfahan

This mosque is located next to Imam (Naghsh-e-Jahan) Square and its unique dome, portal, tile works, and beautiful inscriptions make it more stunning. The process of building took 17 years from 1603.

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Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, one of the most spectacular historic sights in Isfahan, A unique architecture masterpiece and masterful tile work. Sheikh Lotfollah mosque dome is covered inside and out with beautiful tile work.

Some characteristics of the mosque lacking of a courtyard and minaret which is integral in all Islamic mosques, 45 ° rotation toward south, mosques unique mehrab

Designs and colors used in tiling of the magnificent dome of the Sheikh Lotfollah mosque is among the best in Iranian architecture. Beam that is reflected from the windows of the mosque, in addition to adequate lighting, displays their own spiritual mood and lighting.

Sheikh Lotfalah , father in law of Shah Abbas and a great scholars of the Shia in Lebanon invited to live in Isfahan by Shah abbas. The mosque was built to celebrate his authority and for him to teach and pray.

Sheikh lotfollah Mosque is the tile work masterpiece. This mosque was constructed during Safavieh dynasty in 17th century. A famous architect, Mohammad Reza Esfahani started the construction by Shah Abbas I order and it took about 18 years. This mosque is located on the west side of the Nagh-e-Jahan Square. This mosque has amazing colors and tile works beside its special architecture.

 The Wonder: The north-south orientation of Naghsh-e-Jahan Square does not agree with south-west direction of Qibla; it is set at 45 degrees to it. This feature, called  Pashnah in Persian architecture, has caused the dome not to be directly behind the entrance.

 Hezar Naghsh Dome: The outstanding dome of this mosque is covered with beautiful tiles from inside and out. There are some Quran verses written on it as well. One can be drawn into the beauties of this dome if staring at its stalactites and Arabesque traceries. It should be mentioned that some of these tiles have been restored specially in 1928.

 Temporary calligraphies: The inscription on the façade of this mosque is written by Alireza Abbasi (the leading Persian miniaturist of the Isfahan School during the later Safavieh period) in Thuluth (a script variety of Islamic calligraphy invented by the Persian Ibn Muqlah Shirazi) in 1603.  The other inscriptions are written by Alireza Abbasi and also Bagher Bana which are some quotes from the famous Islamic figures.

 

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