Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Iran
Situated in the central square in the city of Isfahan, this mind-blowing mosque is truly an architectural masterpiece and fine example of Safavid Iranian architecture. The Mosque was build somewhere between 1603 and 1619 when the country was ruled by the greatest ruler of Safavid dynasty, the kind Shah Abbas. It was named after Sheikh Lotfollah, a highly respected Lebanese scholar of Islam and a father in law to the king.
You wont see any any minarets or courtyard because the mosque was never attended for public use. It served as a personal place of worship for all woman of the king’s harem.
Because the dome is decorated with delicate tiles it changes colors from cream to pink throughout the day. All decorations are done with exquisite taste, clearly visible wherever you look, from the prayer hall and all ceilings with shrinking yellow motifs to the way the sunlight is filtered through the latticed windows in a never ending game of shadow and light.