imam mosque in isfahan

Singing in the Shah Mosque in Isfahan, Iran

The acoustics  in the 400 year old mosque are amazing & notes hang in the air with crystal clarity. The singer is a student from northern Iran visiting Isfahan & had always wanted to sing in the mosque because of its unique acoustic resonance qualities. You have to stand on the tiled square for perfect effect.


I love the colours of Mosques in Iran, from top to bottom:

Imam Mosque - Isfahan

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque - Shiraz

Shah Cheragh Mosque - Shiraz

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque - Isfahan


Imam (Shah) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran

Built during the Safavid period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian Architecture. The Shah Mosque of Esfahan is one of the everlasting masterpieces of architecture in Iran. 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-colour mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions. The mosque is one of the treasures featured on Around the World in 80 Treasures presented by the architecture historian Dan Cruickshank.

Imam Mosque- Isfahan, Iran

Completed in 1629 as ordered by Shah Abbas I of Persia, Imam Mosque is known as an Persian Architectural masterpiece, and is depicted on the Iranian 20,000 rials Bank note. Blue and Turquoise tiles are used throughout the mosque, with religious text inscribed on them. 

The Winter Prayer Hall of the Shahi Mosque (Imam Mosque)

Isfahan, Iran, 1611–1638

The Shahi (or Royal) Mosque in Isfahan, now known as the Imam Mosque, which dates from the early 17th century, is widely recognized as one of the masterpieces of Islamic tilework. Its dome is a prime example of tile mosaic, and its winter prayer hall (above) houses one of the finest ensembles of cuerda seca tiles in the world. Covering the walls, arches, and vaults of the prayer hall presented a special challenge to the Isfahan ceramists. They had to manufacture a wide variety of shapes with curved surfaces to sheathe the complex forms of the hall. The result was a technological triumph as well as a dazzling display of abstract ornament. (x)