Imam Mosque is a mosque in Isfahan standing 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
• Ustad Ali Akbar Isfahani
• Ustad Fereydun Naini
• Ustad Shoja' Isfahani