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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berek (34257) 2014-07-28 22:16
Nice architectural picture. I like details and your right framing . Good light managment .
COSTANTINO (51944) 2014-07-28 22:46
Good morning dear friend
breathtaking decoration of this interior in an
artistic way showing details that it is
so difficult for a human hand to do it
but it has been executed perfectly
jemaflor (81374) 2014-07-28 23:28
Great interior, so beautiful decoration, perfect light and sharpness management, tfs.
drweizy (515) 2014-07-29 1:10
very clear, good composition. thank you for sharing
lousat (72855) 2014-07-29 5:22
Hi Saber,you know how i like this kind of architechtures and this is truly a great spectacle,a top quality capture of the perspective and decoration with the best detail and bright colors despite the difficult light,another very interesting post from this magic country.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
petarl (798) 2014-07-29 6:49
Beautiful mosque. Great art of old times. Excellent image and good wide angle at 24mm. Wish I would visit Iran one day and learn more about its people and culture and the place of ancient Persia. Regards, Petar.
Sonata11 (33179) 2014-07-29 9:35
Wow! very beautiful capture of interior with great focus on this splendid art work. Magnificent details. Colors, sharpness, clarity are fantastic. Well done. Love it. Awesome!!! Tfs
All the best, Barbara
siudzi (32649) 2014-07-29 10:56
Wow! What a spectacular capture of this amazing architecture! True beauty! Its detail was presented so perfectly in the vertical composition. Very well done!
aliabazari (12393) 2014-07-30 1:39
Hi saber dear
Very nice shot of Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque. Exposure clarity and well performed. Very good
MGHPARSI (761) 2014-07-31 23:47
Very nice and Good POV.
ines8 (6090) 2014-08-02 9:22
Fascinating decoration details,a very beautiful composition,splendid colours.
All the best,
dale54 (6407) 2014-08-02 11:28
hello saber..i'am going to say..WOW,what a shot,amazing detail,and color! WOW again! tfs. dale
Silvio1953 (116895) 2014-08-02 22:31
Ciao Saber, great view of fantastic architecture, fine details, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
rychem (20037) 2014-08-03 20:09
Impressive dome, the richness of decorative details is breathtaking, very well captured with perfect management of light
Fis2 (82394) 2014-08-05 10:33
walls are impressive!!!
I like frame and colors.
adores (34736) 2014-08-05 17:20
This is really amazing! The architecture is magnificent and your pov and composition are excellent. You got so much detail and very good light and colours. A great shot indeed! Hope to visit this city one day!
npecanhuk (61578) 2014-08-06 19:27
Sharpness, exposure, colors, large vertical format and symmetrical composition truly pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
delpeoples (52731) 2014-08-24 19:42
Hello dear Saber
Wow, this is absolutely stunning. The composition and perspective a breath-takingly beautiful and of course your subject is exquisite. An excellent vertical frame, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness. One of your best, congratulations.
bona (12309) 2014-09-02 7:29
fantastic details of this Mosque. the colors are wonderful and you captured it nicely using the wide angle lens.
- Copyright: saber monajati (sabermonajati) (8959)
- 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/2.8, 1/60 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-28 21:36