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Wonderful Iranian Architecture

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Known as one of the world's oldest civilizations, Iran is home to a plethora of ancient artifacts and architectural wonders. To the casual eye they may not be immediately obvious. But hidden on domed ceilings and etched onto walls is a world of extraordinary splendor.

Instagram photographer @m1rasoulifard has traveled to some of the most celebrated and significant places of worship within Iran.

From the magnificent 900 year old jāmeh mosque to the kaleidoscopic Hazrate-Masomeh’s mosque in Qom and everywhere between.

Incredibly he was able to photograph inside each building - a privilege rarely afforded to anyone. Whether granted permission or simply stealthy with his smartphone nobody knows for sure.

Each mosque has a unique array of geometric patterns, symbols and intricate mosaic motifs. Many of these designs date back several centuries to a much slower and simpler time.

Whilst the vibrant colours and complex details might have faded, their existence is a reminder of the true beauty of Iran's rich architectural history.



Hazrate-Masomeh’s mosque in Qom, Iran

Sheikh Lotfollah mosque in Esfahan, Iran, 400 years old

Hazrate-Masomeh’s mosque in Qom, Iran

Jameh’s mosque in Esfahan, Iran, 900 years old

Chahar-Bagh’s school in Esfahan, Iran

Heikh-Lotfollah’s mosque in Esfahan, Iran

Palace of Shah Abbas Safavi, Iran, 400 years ago

Shahe-Cheragh’s mosque in Shiraz, Iran

Hafez’s tomb in Shiraz, Fars, Iran

Sheikh-Lotfolah’s mosque in Esfahan, Iran

Chehel-soton’s palace in Esfahan, Iran

Shahe-Cheragh’s mosque in Shiraz, Iran

Sheikh Lotfollah mosque in Esfahan, Iran, 400 years old

Hazrate-Masomeh’s mosque in Qom, Iran

Jameh’s mosque in Esfahan, Iran, 900 years old

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