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Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Esfahan

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A true masterpiece of Safavid Iranian architecture designed by a famous poet-architect, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque boasts some of the most impressive tile designs in the country. Visit the mosque to see its exterior use of Esfahan's signature blue and turquoise tiles in intricate patterns. On the inside, marvel at the complexity of harmonious mosaics, elaborate dome designs with cream-colored and deep blue tiles that change nuances during the day. Built in 1602-1619 as a private mosque for the royal court, the edifice stands in contrast to the lavish public mosque nearby. Add Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque to your Esfahan travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Esfahan trip itinerary planner.
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  • For me this is the most beautiful mosque in Iran, on average come twice a year and each time I become overwhelmed by the beauty of it. It's small, but stunningly beautiful. Disadvantage is that it is getting crowded with tourists, who are not always pleasant. Upon entering through the hallway, you need to be on the threshold of the entrance to the dome look up to see the "Peacock tail", a light effect enhanced by the fact that some tiles glazed, not others, this will give a sparkling effect. However, it is also possible to in the extreme corners of the square floor plan and then you can also see the Peacock tail.
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  • Don't forget to bring the Saffron! In February we were almost the only tourists! The Iranians are very open, welcoming, speak English
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  • In large cities there are mosques in every neighborhood. This one is exceptional. The beauty, the history, the architecture are all exceptional.  more »
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  • It may be the most beautiful piece of Persian architecture in the world. The mosque has a subtle entrance and you have to go through a windowless corridor to enter the prayer hall. The prayer hall is decorated only with blue and yellow Persian pattern, which symoblized sky and sea. Small windows around the top of the dome cast beams of sunlight into the hall. You can just enjoy the light and shadow effect for an hour.
  • Just two words to describe it: Awesome and unmissable! The interiors of this Mosque are magnificent and you could be never tired to gaze them. The highest point of persian Islamic architecture.
  • Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (Persian: مسجد شیخ لطف الله‎‎)[2] is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran. Construction of the mosque started in 1603 and was finished in 1619. It was built by the chief architect Shaykh Bahai, during the reign of Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty.
  • Easily one of the most beautiful buildings on earth. The scale of the building and the intricate rile work is staggering. This is in the top ten places I have ever visited.
  • I almost cried when I walked inside this mosque. I can't describe it but it's easily one of the most beautiful things you will see in your life.