Dr. Gesink's Image Gallery Page 8
Sheikh Lotfallah Mosque (Isfahan Web Site). The Safavid Shah 'Abbas built this extraordinary mosque in 1602, and it served as the Friday mosque for the Safavids until the Masjid-i-Imam (below) was finished. The dome is slightly off-center in order to allow the mihrab, or prayer niche, to be oriented towards Mecca. The facade, which opens onto a public square, was about 45 degrees off that alignment. Note the fine use of cuerda seca tile work on the dome and facade.
Cuerda seca refers to the dry cords used to outline patterns on individual tiles and prevent applied glazes from overlapping. More on cuerda seca tile design.
||Masjid-i-Imam, Isfahan (Aga Khan MIT Visual Archives). Built by Shah 'Abbas between 1611 and 1630.||
Links to Copyrighted Photographs:
- Safavid bridge
- Safavid-era gardens, bazaars, etc. (scroll down to see pictures)
- Pictures and History of Isfahan, Iran
Copyright © 1999 Indira Falk Gesink