Isfahan Tourist Attractions : Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

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SHEIKH LOTFOLLAH
MOSQUE

Attraction Type Mosque
Chronology Early 17th Century
Historic Era Safavid
Closed on Friday Morning
 Visiting Hours 08:00 - Sunset
 Entrance Fee  5,000 Rials



Sheikh Lotfollah or Ladies' Mosque is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing in eastern part Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran.

It was built in 1615 by the orders of Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty.
The architect (Mimar) of the edifice was Muhammad Reza ibn Ustad Hosein Banna Isfahani. He finished construction of the mosque in 1618.

Was built near 20 years period which was dedicated to Shah Abbas father-in-law, Sheikh Lotfollah, a holy preacher.

Decorated with best mosaics of 17th century era, the tiles of the dome changes color from cream to pink depending on the lighting.

When enter the mosque, you see a peacock under the dome. During certain times of the day, the sunlight enhances the peacock's tail.
By the tail, you can tell when noon is. When you go to the center of the mosque, the peacock disappears.

Although it is a small mosque comparing to other mosques, it's worth visiting.


 


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