Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran
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Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque is a famous mosque in Isfahan, Iran. It is located on the eastern side of Meidan Emam, also called Naghsh-i Jahan Square, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Iran. The mosque is regarded as a masterpiece of Islamic architecture.
Dome of Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque
Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque was constructed between 1603 and 1618. The pricipal architect was Ostad Mohammad Reza Isfahani. It is the oldest of the four monuments around Meidan Emam, the other three being the Shah Mosque, the Ali Qapu Palace and the Isfahan Grand Bazaar. Unlike the publicly accessible Shah Mosque, the Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque was meant for the exclusive use of the royal court. For that reason, it does not have a minaret. Centuries after it was built the mosque was opened to the public for the first time, and ordinary people could get a glimpse of the opulence inside.
Although the Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque has been called by different names throughout its history, it was popularly known after the name of Sheikh Lotf Allah, a famous imam who was among the first prayer leaders at the mosque.
A replica of the Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque can be found at Taman Tamadun Islam, an Islamic-themed monument park in Kuala Terengganu, Malaysia.
Exterior of Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque
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