If Shah ( Imam ) mosque was in any other country , probably it would become one of the most famous buildings in the world . I am an architecture student , and this is the most astonishing place I've been to . I have no relegion beleifs , but the art of the designers is surprisingly impressive . I remember the first time I went there , I couldn't stop myself crying .
The orientation of Naqshe Jahan square is 45 degrees different from " Qebleh " 's ( the orientation which muslims must pray ) orientation . So the architect does an odd job : the two " minarets " which are visible from the Naqshe Jahan are just to introduce the entrance to the mosque , and to complete the symmetry with the opposite side of the square . When you enter the Mosque , without even feeling it , the orientation changes to the Qebleh , so when you enter the main yard you can't recognise that the interior walls of the yard are NOT parallel with the walls of the Naqshe Jahan square . You see two other " Minaret "s in the yard , and you can't believe your eyes when you see you are not the same way as you entered .
The scale of the mosque and the yard is very meaningful , to make you fall on your knees against your God . Architecture students know Louis Kahn very well . It is told that inn the time he visited Shah Mosque ( in the former regime ) , he was deeply impressed and even cried .
There is another interesting and strange fact about this place and that's it;s acoustics . There is a point in the middle of the mosque which every whisper could be heard in every part of the interior space , and the echo is very very much repeatetive . It was used for the times that the Mullah of the mosque had a speech to make and every one in the mosque could here it without using loud noise .
The other elements such as the secretful lightning and the ornamants are the things that you must discover it yourself .
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