Choosing photos for any of the posts about Iran has been difficult. Selecting a relative few from the hundreds I took in Isfahan has been almost impossible.
This post focuses on just one aspect of this city’s beauty: her magnificent ceilings. The next post will explore Isfahan in depth but these photos speak for themselves! [NB: with the exception of the Jāmeh Mosque below, these buildings are all from the Safavid era – 17th century CE.]
Sheik Lotfallah Mosque was built as a private chapel and is on the Royal Square in Isfahan.
The photos above and below were taken at Chehel Sotoun, located in a spectacular Persian Garden, one of nine exemplars designated by UNESCO.
Ālī Qāpū Palace is located directly across the square from Sheik Lotfallah Mosque.
The Shah Mosque sits at the southern end of the Royal Square and is known for the seven-color tile work as exemplified above.
These chambers date to the Seljuk period and were constructed in the late 11th century.
Finally, a ceiling from 17th century Vank Cathedral, across the river from the Royal Square.
Stay tuned for more about Isfahan, the city that considers itself “Half the World.” In the meantime, let me know which ceiling you like best in the comment section below!