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Visiting Shah Mosque Isfahan

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Shah Mosque, also known as Imam Mosque, renamed following the 1979 Islamic Revolution in Iran, is a mosque in Isfahan, standing on the south side of Naghsh-e Jahan Square. This Mosque has been built during the Safavid period, ordered by the first Shah Abbas of Persia. Located on the Square of Persia, Shah Mosque is one of the most important historical mosques in Isfahan which was built during the Safavid Era and is one of the most important buildings of the Islamic architecture of Iran. It is a masterpiece of architecture, tiling, and carpentry of the 11th century AH. The title of one of the national works of Iran had been registered here. The acoustic properties and reflections at the central point under the dome is an amusing interest for many visitors. There are two seminaries at the southwest and southeast sections of the mosque. There many things to do at Shah Mosque that will entertain you.

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Shah Mosque Tours

Shah Mosque Tours

The Portal

The Portal

The portal, almost a building in itself and understood as an aspect of the Maidan rather than of the mosque, forms a welcoming embrace, inviting and guiding the throngs outside into the refuge, security and the renewal the mosque provides. In fact, it is the most thrilling example of human artifice that could be imagined. Its height amounts to 30 m, the flanking minarets are 42 m tall- with the sanctuary minarets higher still, 48 m. The two panels which flank the actual entrance within the recess carry the design of a prayer rug, a reminder of the mosque's essential purpose. Facing northwards, the mosque's portal to the Maidan is usually under shadow but since it has been coated with radiant tile mosaics it glitters with a predominantly blue light of extraordinary intensity. The ornamentation of the structures is utterly traditional, as it recaptures the classic Iranian motifs of symbolic appeal for fruitfulness and effectiveness. Within the symmetrical arcades and the balanced iwans, one is drowned by the endless waves of intricate arabesque in golden yellow and dark blue which bless the spectator with a space of internal serenity.

The Madrasehs

The Madrasehs

To the east and west of the mosque there are two madrasehs (theological colleges). Two long seminaries at the back are suitably studious in their architectural tranquility. The dome, elegant and sensitive in contour, slightly bulbous, set on a high drum, is simple, of remarkably clean and expressive outline uncluttered by any supplementary constructions. In the school building to the southwest of the courtyard there is a piece of stone which acts as a sundial attributed to Sheikh Bahai, the famous scientist and mathematician of the period of Shah Abbas. It indicates noon in Isfahan throughout the year.

The Tiles

The Tiles

The distinct feature of Persian domes, which separates them from those domes created in the Christian world or the Ottoman and Mughal empires, was the colorful tiles with which they covered the exterior of their domes, as they would on the interior. These domes soon numbered dozens in Isfahan, and the distinct, blue-colored shape would dominate the skyline of the city. Reflecting the light of the sun, these domes appeared like glittering turquoise gem and could be seen from miles away by travelers following the Silk Road through Persia. Reaching 53 meters in height, the dome of the Masjed-e Shah would become the tallest in the city when it was finished in 1629 CE. It was built as a double-shelled dome, with 14 meters spanning between the two layers, and resting on an octagonal dome chamber.

Shah Mosque Isfahan Tips and Tricks

How to Get Tickets?

You can get tickets on site when you arrive. There is no official website that sells tickets online for Shah Mosque. When you arrive, go to the ticket office and purchase your tickets before entering. You can check the ticket price online.

How To Get Around?

Getting around Shah Mosque is easy, you just have to walk. The mosque is accessible on foot and you can take a tour to see everything by walking.

What Should I Wear?

You have to dress modestly to be able to enter this mosque. Women should cover their head and neck with a headscarf and must cover their shoulders and knees as well. Men should not wear short jeans, while t-shirt and shirts are acceptable.

Shah Mosque Isfahan Facts

Best Time to Visit

Shah Mosque is nice to visit any time of the year. Avoid Ramadhan as there will be a lot more people coming to pray. It is better to visit the mosque in the morning before it gets crowded.


Iranian Rial

Will I Need a Guide?

No, getting around is easy and you can find everything you need on this website.

How To Get There?

Shah Mosque is located on the Square of Persia where everything is around. You can reach this mosque by walking from nearby attractions, it's very easy to find. The best way to get there is by taxi, all the drivers know where it is. Make sure to tell your driver to use taxi meter before getting in the taxi.

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