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Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Esfahan

Categories: Sacred & Religious Sites, Tourist Spots
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4.7/5 based on 380+ reviews on the web
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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  • What beautiful mosque. These ceramics are of all beauty. It is accessed by a Blue Corridor because the dome is eccentric. The inside is sublime. A must visit in Iran.
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  • Palace with an excellent balcony over the second largest square in the world, following the Tienamen Square.
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  • This mosque has only one dome inside and no open space like other mosques, so relatively small vs others. But all the details inside is way above average. The walls are blue heavy while its ceiling is...  read more »
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What can I say that isn't already said in all the guidelines books?! A must see for all architecture lovers. Make sure to check out the visiting hours in advance. It may not be open all the time.
  • 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.
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