Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque, Esfahan, Iran

Iran-02, originally uploaded by Abhishek's Received Postcards.

Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran. It was built in 1615 by the orders of Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty.
It is part of Meidan Emam UNESCO site. Naghsh-e Jahan Square, officially known as Imam Square, formerly known as Shah Square, situated at the center of Isfahan city, Iran. The square is surrounded by buildings from the Safavid era. The Shah Mosque is situated on the south side of this square. On the west side you can find Ali Qapu Palace. Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque is situated on the eastern side of this square and the northern side opens into the Isfahan Grand Bazaar. Today, Namaaz-e Jom'eh (the Muslim Friday prayer) is held in this square in front of the Shah Mosque.


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