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“The Masjed-e Imam Mosque (Shah Mosque / Royal Mosque) - Most Beautiful Mosque in Iran”

Reviewed June 22, 2013

The Masjed-e Imam Mosque (Shah Mosque / Royal Mosque) I felt was the most beautiful mosque in all of Iran (and even seeing the amazing Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, I feel the Masjed-e is even better than that). I had walked through this mosque twice, and will definitely visit again to see this. During Shah Abbas' time, this mosque was being built for the citizens to use (the Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque in the Square as well was used as Shah Abbas' royal family mosque).

The mosque it is said contains over 18 million bricks, and 475,000 tiles. The tiles are extremely colorful (with many different colors throughout), due to the fact this mosque used a new technique called haft rangi (seven-colour) style, where the artists could paint the calligraphy or colors on the tile at once, and then fire it to set, which would keep the colors vibrant and strong (even to this day).

Inside the mosque it is acoustically perfect underneath the dome (where you can whisper, and your voice carries for all to hear), and there are rooms upon rooms of extremely colorful, detailed walls, columns, and domes to explore throughout. Expect to take at least 1-1/2 hours to explore if you are only going to visit once -- I had gone through this mosque twice, and easily spent twice that amount walking through, taking in the art and beauty.

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

tile work and tile calligraphy is famous the world over, the space and size will strike you in owe, and the beauty and composition of the complex, will let you leave with a lasting memory

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Reviewed July 5, 2012

This mosque is very beautiful in it's detail of blue tiles and mosaics. Fortunately I was there with a guide who told all about the special and old stories of this beautiful place. Also he demonstrated the specially designed acoustics for prayers to be heard by a large number of people.

This complex has multiple halls of prayer in it, all with stunning walls and ceilings.

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Reviewed March 28, 2012

I liked the tile work and I disliked the maintenance

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Reviewed January 12, 2012

A 4 handred years mosque
in Isfahan, which is one of the most famous historical attractions in the city. the mosque has been built during the Safavi emprore when Isfahan was the capital of the country. Tile works are very intresting , most of them are Moarragh which means that a tile is a combination of several parts , which is really difficult to be made. the mosque is beside the most famous squares in Iran which is Naghshe ja han or Imam square, four important elements here in the square are gathered to each other, the Aligapo palace( government), the Bazzar ( business & economy ) the Royal mosque which is known also as imam mosque and Jame Abbasi ( with religious, social and communicational functions ) and Sheikhlotfullah Mosque as a private mosque for the king family. it is interesting to know jast at the same time in the other part of the Islamic World in Ottoman empire we have a very simmilar complex in Istanbul.

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