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Photo: Dome Interior of the Sheikh Lotf-ollāh Mosque © Phillip Maiwald
The Sheikh Lotf-ollāh Mosque is one of the masterpieces of Persian architecture, standing on the eastern side of the Naghsh-i Jahan Square in Isfahan, Iran, an important UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The interior dome of the mosque features a sunburst inset with a network of lemon-shaped compartments, which increase in size as they descend from a formalised peacock at the apex and are surrounded by bricks; each filled with a foliage pattern inlaid on plain stucco.
Built between 1590 and 1602 during the Safavid empire, the iconic mosque is viewed by historians and visitors as one of the most important architectural projects on Isfahan’s maydan (square), prominent for its location, scale, design, and ornament.
It is in our view one of the many fine examples of intricate islamic art.