Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
A genuine Persian architectural masterpiece, Masjed-e Sheikh Lotfollah was built by Master Mohammad Reza Isfahani in the monarchy of the Safavid in 11th century AH.
Taking 18 years to finish, the finely-built mosque is now one of the most nice-looking in the globe. Located on the east side of Naqsh-e Jahan Sqauare and across from Ali Qapu Mansion, the mosque brings together a cluster of tourist attractions.
The mosque was built to pay tribute to the popular figure Sheikh Lotfollah, a prominent Lebanese Shiite scholar. He moved to Isfahan following an invitation from Shah Abbas I to teach theology and hold religious sessions in there.
The religious building is lit naturally through sunlight; light rays go through the grid windows framed around the building right into the sanctuary and brighten up the interior space. The entrance plane door is still there after over 400 years of age. The exotic mosque interestingly doesn’t include minarets and courtyard, typical of almost all Persian mosques.
Of note is the low-height dome adorned with attractive Sols writings and astonishing Arabesques patterns. Colors are very consistent and evoke a sense of peacefulness. Like other mosques in the country shades of blue, turquoise and azure are dominant, which in fact reflect the glamor of the skies. The portal is also beautified with fine Muqarnas, decorated vaults, and took so long to finish in 1619.
Its exquisite mihrab, designed by Master Hossein Isfahani, is another showpiece representing enrichment of the Persian structural design. Verses of the holy Quran in white-colored Sols are seen on the exterior and interior of the dome. Tilework in the dome is one of the most sumptuous in Iran. The thick walls beneath have been designed in a way to bear up the weight of the huge dome.
Iranian artisans and masons have skillfully worked to create enviable works of art.