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The entrance to Imam Mosque, Esfahan (aka Isfahan) Iran. This is in the Imam Square complex which is encircled (or should that be ensquared?) by the building that houses the bazaar (see image down below).
This mosque is absolutely jaw-droppingly stupendous, stunning, beautiful, amazing, awesome….ok, reaching for the thesauarus now….NOT! I was totally unprepared for the sheer beauty of this mosque. Words cannot adequately describe the overwhelming effect of this building. It’s height, the intricate mosaics, the arches. It all combines to make you go WOW! One of the MUST SEE places in this world. Put it on your bucket list now!
Esfahan is a great city to visit with lots of places to see. There are a multitude of small shops with artists selling their work and also, producing it while they wait for a buyer.
Esfahan is well known for their artists who produce miniature paintings. They also produce fantastic enamelled copper plates with awesome intricate designs. You get used to the cheap prices very quickly and when a salesman in the bazaar says the price for a very intricate enamel plate is $25.00, you find it exhorbitant and let them know. Of course, they want to haggle and this is where it pays to have a local step in and help you out. It’s all over in a matter of a few mibutes and all that is left for you to do is shell out the money. ;-) Now, you’re the proud owner of a beautiful, intricately painted enamel copper plate….oh, and a gourd! :-b
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More info on Imam Mosque below from:
Imam Mosque is a mosque in Isfahan stands in south side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square.
The mosque is also known as Shah Mosque, Royal Mosque and Abbasi Jame Mosque.
Built during the Safavids period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as the masterpiece of Persian Architecture. The Imam Mosque of Esfahan is one of the everlasting masterpieces of architecture in Iran and all over the world. It is registered along with the Naghsh-i Jahan Square as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its construction began in 1611, and its splendor is mainly due to the beauty of its seven-color mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions.
The portal of the mosque measures 27 meters high, crowned with two minarets 42 meters tall. The Mosque is surrounded with four iwans and arcades. All the walls are ornamented with seven-color mosaic tile. The most magnificent iwan of the mosque is the one facing the Qibla measuring 33 meters high. Behind this iwan is a space which is roofed with the largest dome in the city at 52 meters height. The dome is double layered.
The acoustic properties and reflections at the central point under the dome is an amusing interest for many visitors. There are two seminaries at the southwest and southeast sections of the mosque.
The architects of the mosque are reported to be the following masters:
• Ustad Ali Akbar Isfahani
• Ustad Fereydun Naini
• Ustad Shoja’ Isfahani
Further info from http://archnet.org/library/sites/one-site.jsp?s...
The two kilometer bazaar is a vaulted street that links the old city, the Friday mosque and old maydan with Shah Abbas’ new maydan. The entry at the Maydan-i Shah is marked by a large portal that mirrors in form the entrance portal of the Shah Mosque. The iwan of the bazaar portal is flanked by galleries and crowned with the representation of Sagittarius in mosaic tile.
The portal accesses the royal bazaar, the royal mint and the royal caravanserai, leading to the major artery of the bazaar. Mosques, hamams and khans lead off this main street, much of which is lit by circular openings cut into the brick vaults, shafts of light dotting the passage at certain times of day.
Further details of EsfahanIsfahan below from Wikipedia
Isfahan is located on the main north-south and east-west routes crossing Iran, and was once one of the largest cities in the world. It flourished from 1050 to 1722, particularly in the 16th century under the Safavid dynasty, when it became the capital of Persia for the second time in its history. Even today, the city retains much of its past glory. It is famous for its Islamic architecture, with many beautiful boulevards, covered bridges, palaces, mosques, and minarets. This led to the Persian proverb “’Esfahān nesf-e jahān ast” (Isfahan is half of the world).
The next bridge along from this one is Ferdowsi Bridge:
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