Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, located in the Naqsh-e Jahan Square of Isfahan city, was built during the reign of Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty.
Plenty of mosaics are used in construction of this mosque. The chief architect of this masterpiece was Sheikh Bahai and many famous calligraphers and artists of Safavid collaborated in its creation.
This mosque has a 45 degree angle for adapting to Mecca. Unlike any other mosque in Iran, it does not have a Sahn or a courtyard.
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque seemed to be the most compact Mosque I had ever seen. Upon entering I was met with turquoise mosaics, streams of light from the windows in an otherwise dimly lit space shone onto the tiles, walls and scriptures of Quran, giving the place and ethereal feeling. Before taking this photo I entered the Mosque many times, taking in and relishing its beauty for many hours.
Dome of Seyyed Mosque
Seyyed Mosque is in Isfahan , Iran
Build in 19th Century ( Qajar Period )
Shah (Emam ) mosque
Shah Mosque –or Imam mosque- is located on the southern side of Naghsh-e-
Jahan Square in Isfahan. This mosque belongs to Safavi era and was built under
the order of Shah Abbas the First. This building has an enormous dome with a
height of nearly 57 meters (170 ft.) as well as tall minarets. Additionally, an
exemplary tiling with a unique symmetrical design under the dome and on most
of the inner walls mesmerizes the visitors.
The ceiling of this place is none like any other. It is one of the most exquisite works of architecture, which one might find hard to look away. I stood in the middle of this structure so I could capture its perfect symmetry with prominence. Using a wide lens, I was able to capture the ceiling in its entirety
Boroujerdiha House is located in the city of Kashan, and dates back to Qajar era -19th century- when it had belonged to a carpet merchant. The aesthetic significance of this house is in the molding ornaments and the paintings performed by the distinguished painter of the era, Kamal-ol-Molk. As of today, this house serves as the location of Kashan’s Cultural Heritage Organization.
ceiling of Nasir al-Mulk
ceiling of Nasir al-Mulk mosque ,
Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque is located in the city of Shiraz, and was built in Qajar era by Nasir Al-Mulk. This mosque has two eastern and western bedchambers, and the eastern one has a tiled altar accompanied with 12 columns and windows with colorful glasses.
In fall and winter seasons when sunlight shines through the colorful glasses, it presents as exemplary beauty to the interior of the bedchamber, making this mosque outstandingly aesthetical among other mosques of Iran. The tiling and paintings of the bedchambers are of exceptional beauty as well.
I have seen Stained glass work in many architectural buildings, however the stained glass in The Nasir ol Mulk Mosque is Exceptional.
From the start of dawn the mosque is filled with colour and light. Sun shines through the glass and fills the inside, the persian rugs, the ceiling and wall tiles with patterns and colours.
I am so amazed at how the architect was able to combine so many things to build such an exquisite mosque.
I went to this mosque on a winter morning, and waited for the light that moves gently from the right hand side of the mosque towards the left, to fall exactly in the centre so that my photograph could be completely symmetrical.
Jameh Mosque of Yazd
This mosque is considered to belong to the timurid era(1500 A.C),because of it's inscriptions and architecture style.But the main building is built in early islamic era and some believe that it is built on a fire temple.
The mosque's dome is made of two layers of covers and it's altar has fascinating mosaic tiling.
When I entered the mosque i was so amazed by the fantastic work of art which was in it's ceiling.The ceiling was the first thing that got my attention and by the time I saw that view,I wanted to photograph it.
The Dome of the mosque has amazing arabesque patterns and four skylights which show geometric shapes beautifully.The Quran verses which is written all around the dome,adds to it's glory and beauty
Sheikh Safi Ardabili
Sheikh Safi al-Din Khānegāh and Shrine Ensemble, located in Ardabil city, belongs to Safavid dynasty.
This place earned fame and importance when Shah Ismail I’s ancestor Sheikh Safi al-Din’s shrine was built there. Since then, other members of the same family where buried there and consequently it turned into shrine where even the martyrs of Chaldaran war were there later on.
The picture shows the porcelain dome of Sheikh Safi al-Din Khānegāh whit holes in which porcelain goblets and jars gifted by Chinese emperor were placed.
Ceiling of Tabgatabaiha house
Tabātabāei House is a historic house located in Kashan city and was built during Qajar dynasty by one of the famous merchants from Kashan.
This house has several sections, each of those ornamented differently and uniquely by using various types of art and architecture such as stuccos and stained glasses.
This house is an example of houses which merchants from kashan built for their families and lived in it.
After Nasir Almolk mosque,this was the second place that I saw windows with stained glasse are widely used.
Apart from that,the Stucco ornaments in this house are unique.
In yard's walls there are different shapes of stucco ornaments all around and when you enter into the yard,they will freeze you instantly.
In this photos I showed you the passing of light through the stained glasses and ceiling's stucco works from one of the rooms.
Chehel Sotoun palace ( literally: “palace of Forty Columns”) is located in Isfahan.
built by Shah Abbas II to be used for his entertainment and receptions.
This Image is showing the Ceiling of it`s main hall.
take a look at Paintings and Mosaic works .
Aliqapu palace( music hall)
this shows the plaster ceiling of the music room of Aliqapu palace,
Aliqapu, meaning grand doorway in Azeri language, is the name of a palace located in western edge of Naghsh-e-jahan square in Isfahan city, built during Shaah Abbas I of Safavid.
There is a hall in the last floor of this 6 floor palace called “the music hall”. This hall takes its name for the peculiar Stucco shaped as porcelain jars in its ceiling which produces a strong echo and reflection of sounds in the hall resulting in a louder music in the palace.
Everything is red in this hall,the ceiling,ground and walls.
It's unique and glorious repetitive stucco ornaments and it's special architecture style,left me no choice but to stare at the ceiling and try to photograph it as best as I can.
The Stucco and ornamentations of this hall have a strong resemblance to those of Sheikh Safieddin's house.
For shooting this photo I was standing exactly in the middle of the music hall and took the photo from above of my head with a wide angle lens.
Vank Cathedral of Isfahan
Vank Cathedral, a cathedral in Isafan city, Jolfa district, was built during Safavid dynasty by Armenians who were resettled in Isfahan following Shah Abbas II’s order.
This cathedral is ornamented by various forms of art from which the most significant ones are the delicate blue and gilded paintings on the ceiling and central dome depicting the Biblical story of creation of the world. The paintings on the wall are inspired by Italian paintings.
The church is still used by Armenians of Isfahan in current day and is open for visits as well.
I was amazed by the golden color of the ceiling and also unique paintings all around.
I putted my camera on the floor and it was oriented to up. For capturing this photo, I used wide lens.
Ceiling of Timche-ye Amin od-Dowleh
Timcheh (or Timche-ye Amin od-Dowleh) is a small caravanserai located in Bazaar of Kashan. It consists of small roofed spaces which were mainly used for selling luxurious goods like Persian carpets back in Qajars dynasty and it is still in use today.
The picture shows the unique glorious ceiling of this structure.
After walking around the historical market of Kashan, which in itself has a cultural and architectural significance and seeing a verity of stores, selling things like Rugs, Gold, Shoes, Clothes ... You Reach the TIMCHEH, all around there are shops selling Rugs and historical artefacts, but the most amazing view is this ceiling in the Photo.
Under the ceiling there is a big pond, I stood in the pond to take the photo directly in the middle.
Ceiling of Kordasht bath
Kordasht bath is located in South West of Iran in the city of Julfa, and dates back to the Safavi era.
This bath had been primarily used by Safavi royal family; however, it has been opened for public use later on. This historical monument consists of various sections such as a “Bineh”, a “Sarbineh”, a vestibule, a spring house, and a greenhouse. The picture below represents the Sarbineh.
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