Isfahan Mosques

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Jama Masjid

Jama Masjid (also spelled Jame Mosque, Jami Masjid, Jameh Mosque, Jamia Masjid or Jomeh Mosque) refers to the main mosque of a town, city or village, and is usually the place of gathering for Eid prayers and Friday prayers. These are sometimes called Congregational mosques or Friday mosques. Many places come to be known as a Jama Masjid as a proper name. These structures are listed below.

Imam Mosque
Built during the Safavids period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as the masterpiece of Persian Architecture. The Imam Mosque of Esfahan is one of the everlasting masterpieces of architecture in Iran and all over the world. It is registered along with the Naghsh-i Jahan Square as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its construction began in 1611, and its splendor is mainly due to the beauty of its seven-color mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions.
Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque
Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran.
Construction of the mosque started in 1615 and was finished in 1618. It was built by Shah Abbas I of the Safavid dynasty. The builing functioned as a prayer hall and lecture hall.

Jameh Atigh Mosque
The Jameh Mosque of Isfahan is a veritable museum of Islamic architecture and still a working mosque. Within a couple of hours you can see and compare 800 years of Islamic design, with each example near to the pinnacle of its age. The range is quite stunning: from the geometric elegance of the Seljuks, through to the Mongol period and on to the refinements of the more baroque Safavid style.
 Seyyed mosque
Seyyed mosque (Persian: مسجد سید‎) is the biggest and the most famous mosque from the Qajar era in Isfahan. It was founded by Seyyed Mohammad Bagher Shafti, one of the most famous clergymen in Isfahan. It was founded in the middle of the 19th century, but its tiling lasted until the end of the century
Situated close to the northeastern corner of Naqsh-e Jahan Square, this mosque was built in 1602. Its founder, the Royal Steward to Shah Abbas, was a very wealthy man. It was Shah Abbas's habit to visit the rich and to suggest that they create buildings, at their own expense, to contribute to the beauty and prestige of the capital. Such suggestions, needless to say. were tantamount to commands.Thus, Maqsud Beik came to build the mosque that still bears his name.
The Ali Mosque was originally constructed during Seljuik period but the mosque was renovated during Safavid dynasty.  The beautiful inscription which has decorated the mosque’s portal shows it was rebuilt in 1522. The mosque was named after the first Shiite Imam Ali. It is one of the most important religious buildings in Isfahan.



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