Mosques in Iran are known for having some of the most exquisite architectural designs found throughout the whole world.
Since there is so much incredible eye-candy packed inside each place of worship, we decided to make a post entirely dedicated to mosque ceilings. Here are images from some of the most incredible mosques found in Iran, and elsewhere around the world.
1. Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran
The Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque is also known as the Pink Mosque. This traditional mosque is located in Shiraz, Iran. It was originally opened back in 1888, and was built during the Qajar era. Today it remains in use by Nasir al Mulk’s Endowment Foundation.
In order to be considered a mosque, it must be a place where Muslim gather for public worship. Mosques are generally adorned with elaborate architecture and colorful designs. Muslim mosques also contain at least one minaret, which is a tall and slender balcony that is used to call all faithful to prayer. Although similar in many ways, each mosque also contains its defining differences.
2. Fatima Masumeh Shrine, Qom, Iran
Thousands of Shi’a Muslims travel to Qom every year in order to pay their respects to Fatima Masumeh and ask for her blessing. Fatima Masumeh is regarded as a saint, and her shrine is considered one of Iran’s most important Shi’a shrines.
3. Shah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran
The “Shah Mosque” is also known as “Emam Mosque,” after an Islamic revolution in Iran that took place in 1979. It is also sometimes referred to as “Jame’ Abbasi Mosque.’ Located in Isfahan, Iran, this mosque was first opened back in 1629.
4. Jalil Khayat Mosque, Erbil, Iraq
Completed in 2007, this mosque was built much more recently than others on this list. Jalil Khayat began the “chairty project” and his sons took over after his passing in 2005. The mosque can hold 1,500 to 2,000 people and has incredible decorations on the outside and interior.
5. Vakil Mosque, Shiraz
Located in Shiraz, southern Iran, the Vakil Mosque was opened back in 1773 and designed by architect Karim Khan.
Many of Islam’s historic buildings are full of intricate geometric patterns, while breathtaking to look at, these designs might be based on complicated mathematics. According to research by one physicist from Princeton University, Paul Steinhardt, there is evidence of a mathematical pattern known as quasicrystal in an archway at the Darb-i Imam shrine, located in Iran.
When some people first see a quasicrystal pattern they think it is a repeating design, while others think it is random. Mathematical equations prove that the pattern is actually repeating, although it appears too complex for many to tell using their eyes alone. Still, some argue if the medieval artisans responsible for these patterns actually understood the math behind their intricate designs.
The intricate patterns found throughout many of Iran’s mosques continue to greatly interest scientists from all around the world. It appears by the 15th century Islamic artisans were able to create almost perfect quasicrystalline patterns.
7. Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Opened in 2007, the architectural design was completed by Yusef Abdelki.
8. Al Soltan Qalawoon Mosque, Cairo, Egypt
9. Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan
10. Grand Mosque of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran
Construction on this mosque began in 1611 and was completed in 1629.