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Esfahan is, for me, the most beautiful Iranian city and probably one of the most charming city I have ever seen.
The architecture of Uzbekistan and Iran have much in common. I could compare Samarkand to Esfahan and Yazd to Bukhara.

Naghsh-e Jahan Square is situated at the center of the city. Constructed between 1598 and 1629, it is now an important historical site and one of UNESCO's World Heritage Sites. It is 160 metres wide by 560 metres long. The square is surrounded by buildings from the Safavid era. The Shah Mosque is situated on the south side of this square. On the west side is the Ali Qapu Palace. Sheikh Lotf Allah Mosque is situated on the eastern side of this square and at the northern side Qeysarie Gate opens into the Esfahan Grand Bazaar. Today, Namaaz-e Jom'eh (the Muslim Friday prayer) is held in the Shah Mosque.

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque is one of the architectural masterpieces of Iranian architecture that was built during the Safavid Empire. Construction of the mosque started in 1603 and was finished in 1619.

The purpose of this mosque was for it to be private to the royal court (unlike the Shah Mosque, which was meant for the public). For this reason, the mosque does not have any minarets and is smaller. Indeed, few Westerners at the time of the Safavids even paid any attention to this mosque, and they certainly did not have access to it. It was not until centuries later, when the doors were opened to the public, that ordinary people could admire the effort that Shah Abbas had put into making this a sacred place for the ladies of his harem, and the exquisite tile-work, which is far superior to that covering the Shah Mosque.

I liked the and a bit played with it. I hope you will like it.
In Workshop the original view.

See the wide picture


Original view is also splendid


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