dome, lotfollah mosque, isfahan oct. 2007

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    sheikh lotfollah (or lutfallah or lotf allah) mosque, isfahan, iran, 1602-1619.
    architect: muhammad reza ibn ustad hosein banna isfahani.

    consider the cool geometric mastery and inventiveness behind the ornamental incrustation of the dome.

    sheila blair and jonathan bloom write, "the apex of the dome is filled with a giant sunburst, from which descend tiers of ogival medallions filled with floral motifs, which swell in size with the curve of the dome". I like this description even if I had to look up ogival.

    pope wrote, less objectively, "the chamber is entirely empty. any appurtenances would have been superfluous and quite overwhelmed by the powerful forms and commanding colors. this is pure architecture, flawless and serene, and still as perfect as on the day of dedication three hundred years ago". guess he liked it. this language is very typical of pope's introductions and (apart from the word appurtenance) it doesn't teach you much.

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    1. Pattjr1 [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

      Thanks Kristian. This is a real gift.

    2. Yominessence 62 months ago | reply

      amazing picture, beautiful mosque, breath-taking dome. May I please use this image for my display pic on facebook etc.?

    3. seier+seier 62 months ago | reply

      please go ahead :)

    4. seier+seier 62 months ago | reply

      you are welcome

    5. Nimaarta 56 months ago | reply

      I have visited Isfahan at least 5 times but never stepped foot inside any of the mosque. I avoided them on purpose though. I'm Iranian but in all my life I've only been to a mosque once and that was when I was a baby. Somehow I couldn't even convince myself to visit historical mosques such as this one. Your pics have really changed my mind though (or maybe I'm getting a bit more mature lol).

    6. seier+seier 56 months ago | reply

      I could think of a number of reasons, historical and contemporary, not to visit the mosques, but as an architect, I know another list of good reasons to go - I hope I have shown some of them here.

      outside prayer, the mosques were open for cultural tourists like us and walking around these enormous buildings felt very natural.

      if you feel ready, you should see them next time you are in isfahan.

    7. achoudry 38 months ago | reply

      phenomenal shot!

    8. Luke A. Bunker 38 months ago | reply

      This is absolutely gorgeous!

    9. seier+seier 38 months ago | reply

      it is. I recommend going to isfahan.

    10. Almsaeed 36 months ago | reply

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    11. Diana Michaels 36 months ago | reply

      Hmmm :) More great patterns of yours :)

    12. seier+seier 36 months ago | reply

      thanks, almsaeed and d.m. :)

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