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Imam Square HDR Panorama - Esfahan - Iran

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#Click on image to view it larger – It looks better that way!#

This is Imam Square which is encircled by the building that has the bazaar on the ground floor.

This is a merge of four (handheld) HDR images, each HDR image having three bracketed photos. HDR work done in Photomatix, then merged in PS with some slight adjustment to the shadows and contrast after all this.

Canon 7D
Canon Lens 15-85mm
CP Filter

856 views as at 4 May 2011

At nearly 9000 pixels wide, this thing is massive and really needs to be viewed LARGE! Actually, it really needs to be viewed on a large screen tv but tha’s not gonna happen here is it? Nope!

From Imam Square you can gain access to Imam Mosque which is on left of this image and also to Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque, both are pictured below in further detail. Also, the bazaar encircles this square and runs for some 2 km. It’s massive and took us two days to get around most of it. No, we didn’t see it all.

This is taken from the top floor above the bazaar. Up here is where some of the artists create their wonderful and beautiful works which can only be bought here in Esfahan.

143 views as at 13 August 2010

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

Imam Mosque

Inside Imam Mosque below:

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

Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque below:

The following info is from Wikipedia:
Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque (Persian: مسجد شيخ لطف الّله – Masjed-e Sheikh Lotf-ollah) 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 1615 and was finished in 1618. It was built by Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty. The builing functioned as a prayer hall and lecture hall.

Part of the bazaar that encircles Imam Square

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).

Beautiful bridges in Esfahan below:
Si-o-Seh Pol – Esfahan – Iran – Daylight

Si-o-Seh Pol below at night

The next bridge along from this one is Ferdowsi Bridge:

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The links below will take you to various sets of my work:

  1. Persepolis
  2. Pasargadae
  3. Persia
  4. Esfahan – Iran
  5. Shiraz – Iran
  6. Time Lapse
  7. Black & White
  8. High Dynamic Range – HDR
  9. Birds
  10. Sydney
  11. Luna Park – Sydney
  12. Long Flat – NSW
  13. Sofala
  14. Fireworks

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