Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
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Sheikh Lutfollah Mosque (Persian: مسجد شیخ لطف الله Masjed-e Sheikh Lotf-ollāh) 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 reigh of Shah Abbas I of theSafavid dynasty.
It is registered, along with the Naghsh-i Jahan Square, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Of the four monuments that dominated the perimeter of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, this one was the first to be built.
The purpose of this mosque was for it to be a private mosque of the royal court, unlike the Masjed-e Shah, which was meant for the public. For this reason, the mosque does not have any minarets and is of a smaller size. Indeed, few Westerners at the time of the Safavids even paid any attention to this mosque, and they certainly did not have access to it. It wasn't until centuries later, when the doors were opened to the public, that ordinary people could admire the effort that Shah Abbas had put into making this a sacred place for the ladies of his harem, and the exquisite tile- work, which is far superior to those covering the Shah Mosque.
To avoid having to walk across the maydān when getting to the mosque, Shah Abbas had the architect build a tunnel spanning across the piazza, from the Ali Qapu palace, to the mosque. When reaching the entrance of the mosque, one would have to walk through a passage that winds round and round, until one finally reaches the main building. Along this passage there were standing guards, and the obvious purpose of this design was for the women of the harem to be shielded as much as possible from anyone entering the building. At the main entrance of the mosque there were also standing guards, and the doors of the building were kept closed at all times. Today, these doors are open to visitors, and the passage traversing underneath the field is no longer in use.
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daddo (26728) 2014-06-23 2:48
Salam Saber. Even from this distance one can admire the wonderful tile design of the dome. Very long structures on both sides of the mosque. Are those rooms with individual balconies? Nice POV and lovely light. Best wishes. Klaudio.
jhm (152152) 2014-06-23 3:09
A wonderful architecture picture with the wonderful dome.
Also the flowers in foreground make your picture very attractive.
You choose a very well angle with depth and perspective.
Excellent composition, also nice captured,
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Fis2 (96665) 2014-06-23 5:30
Good frame and perspective.
I like cupola.Best regards
dale54 (7720) 2014-06-23 12:04
saber hello..wow,this site is impressive & massive..wonderful color in the flowers in FG! love it! tfs..dale
delpeoples (57588) 2014-06-25 3:15
This is a superb photo and your subject the mosque is indeed very beautiful. I like the garden of flowers in the foreground and the angled POV you chose. The repeating arches of the mosque are resplendent. Delightful work, congratulations.
grigand (20013) 2014-06-26 13:10
Wonderful building, perfect perspective made perfect compo, well done
Nicou (141078) 2014-06-30 5:53
quelle belle mosquée superbe vue cette coupole tote décorée e avec les fleurs en prenier plan cette perspective sur les deux parties avec les niches superbe
Bravo et amitié
danos (97377) 2014-06-30 6:39
nice the creative perspective of the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque with the well chosen POV to makes the scene even more effective.The light and the colour management makes the image even more charmy.
Sergiom (78425) 2014-06-30 8:05
Elle est magnifique cette mosquée. Elle forme une belle diagonale dans l'image tout en lui donnant de la profondeur. La lumière est magique.
Cricri (118673) 2014-07-01 8:44
Excellent la prise zen diagonale de cette magnifique mosquée, bien cadrer en plus avec le parterre de fleurs, très belle réalisation
claudeD (38330) 2014-07-06 9:11
very fine picture showing this very interesting architecture with many details. I like the shot very much.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
COSTANTINO (64676) 2014-07-09 7:52
wonderful architecture picture with
important and intresting architectural
details with symmetry
I love this decorated garden with
so many flowers very well presented
grass geenery and symmetrical green
everywhere is the Nature
have a nice evening
bukitgolfb301 (41404) 2014-07-09 12:44
Hi dear Saber, how are you?
So sorry for long no reply/action to you due to some reasons. So stuuning panfocus image view image full of green and floweres. Ya breathtaking image at all. Outstanding sharp and clear image indeed. Tasteful light and color management is also wonderful as usual.
We regret the result of FIFA 2014, right?
All the best and have a good day! Takero from Tokyo
omid266 (6746) 2014-07-09 21:50
با سلام خدمت دوست عزیزم ، صابر
تصویرهای بسیار زیبایی از اصفهان گذاشته اید
اصفهان شهر خاطره ها و زیبایی ها
** موفق و سربلند باشید **
Dear my friend,
What beautiful shots from Isfahan, the city of memories and beauties,
All the BEST and Thanks!
** Happy Wishes, **
Silvio1953 (141915) 2014-07-10 11:08
Ciao Saber, great perspective on fantastic building, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
adores (45219) 2014-07-15 17:43
This is a beautiful shot! I like the architecture and the mosque in diagonal. The flowers are a nice foreground and colours are good. Seems a very nice place!
aliabazari (16168) 2014-07-23 21:56
Hi saber dear
Very beautiful shot of the field (the world). Exposure clarity and well performed. Thank you for registering for this beautiful picture.
fotka (4345) 2014-08-08 5:52
It is very interesting mosque without minarets. It looks almost like a huge hotel.
Great composition with flowers in the FG and well chosen angle for the building. The quality of the picture is very good.
Have a nice weekend,
ourania (44926) 2014-10-01 13:29
I like very much the elegant and dynamic way in which you combined the two attractive elements, the star-shaped flower bed and the long building that seems endless. Perspective and framing have been chosen effectively, the light is lovely and mild, the colours are natural and very agreeable. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a good night,
- Copyright: saber monajati (sabermonajati) (11213)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-23
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D700 fx, Nikkor 24-70 AF-S 2.8G ED, Hama UV 77mm (xxv)
- Exposure: f/20.0, 1/125 seconds
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- Date Submitted: 2014-06-23 2:39