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Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah), Esfahan

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Religious Site Tourist Spot
Rekindle your spirituality at the gate of Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah), part of a World Heritage Site. Finished in 1629, the complex features four iwans and arcades, with the tallest one being 33 m (108 ft) high in front of the structure's largest dome. The predominantly dark-blue art of mosaic slowly turns into yellow and green as you go deeper into the mosque; along the way you can see the Thuluth script calligraphy alongside traditional Iranian ornaments on the intricate mosaics of over 475,000 tiles. The complex features Islamic era architecture of Iran. Plan to see Royal Mosque (Masjid-i-Shah) and other attractions that appeal to you using our Esfahan itinerary maker.
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  • One of the highlights of Esfahan. although don't be disappointed if the scaffolding on the dome exterior is there for the next few years - It is still a great joy to see from the outside and inside.  more »
  • The Royal Mosque (Today called the Imam Mosque) dominates the southern side of Naghe-Jahan Square and is, indeed, the most focal point of it.  more »
  • Some parts of the building are lined with beautiful mosaics. The rest of the building is lined with seven-coloured glazed tiles, that are cheaper than mosaic. The building has a band with white letters with religious lyrics, performed in the tuluth-calligraphy.
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Where to stay in Esfahan

Esfahan includes a smattering of accommodations that provide variety, if not depth of choice. Along the main Chahar Bagh drag and the streets that lead off it, you'll find a few fairly basic hotels, providing decent rooms in the city center, close to the main attractions and services. Hostels can be found, with dormitory rooms providing particularly good options for budget-conscious travelers who want to be right in the thick of things close to the main square and the bazaar. The most luxurious hotels in town lie further to the south, set in historic buildings overlooking the river.
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