Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque
Iran, Esfahan

Shah Abbas I built this pearl of Safavid architecture in the eastern part of Imam Square, near the Ali Kapu Palace, to honor the honor of his father-in-law, the prominent theologian Sheikh Lotfallah. The mosque was built between 1603 and 1617, and served as a personal prayer service, access to which was allowed only to the clergy of the imperial family. Although the mosque cannot be compared in magnificence to the Imam’s mosque, its domes made of beautiful red faience of the 17th century give the vault the shape of a heavy carpet, consecrated by soft light. The inscriptions made by the great calligrapher of the Sefivid dynasty Ali Reza Abbasi impress with their sophistication and beauty.

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