A beautiful view of the courtyard of the Jame Isfahan - western and northern iwans are also visible in this photo

A beautiful view of the courtyard of the Jame Isfahan - western and northern iwans are also visible in this photo

Eastern iwan of the Jame Isfahan - there are four iwans in total built around a central courtyard

Eastern iwan of the Jame Isfahan - there are four iwans in total built around a central courtyard

Inside of the eastern iwan - A mosque was built at this site in the 8th century but current mosque has it's roots in the 11th century

Inside of the eastern iwan - A mosque was built at this site in the 8th century but current mosque has it's roots in the 11th century

Decorative details of the eastern iwan - this iwan seems to show less decorative details than the rest

Decorative details of the eastern iwan - this iwan seems to show less decorative details than the rest

The city of Isfahan was conquered by Tughril Beg and thus it started a prosperous period in the history of this great city

The city of Isfahan was conquered by Tughril Beg and thus it started a prosperous period in the history of this great city

Koranic verses are written on a slab of marble - looking at the colour of this piece, it suggests that it is few centuries old

Koranic verses are written on a slab of marble - looking at the colour of this piece, it suggests that it is few centuries old

Southern iwan of the mosque can be seen to the left and western iwan to the right

Southern iwan of the mosque can be seen to the left and western iwan to the right

Interior of the northern Iwan - this iwan shows en elemnt of Safavid architecture but in reality, the Safavid borrowed this design from Iran's historical past

Interior of the northern Iwan - this iwan shows en elemnt of Safavid architecture but in reality, the Safavid borrowed this design from Iran's historical past

Standing inside the northern iwan and looking straight towards the southern iwan

Standing inside the northern iwan and looking straight towards the southern iwan

A closer look at the southern iwan with the dome rising above it

A closer look at the southern iwan with the dome rising above it

The most fascinating thing about the northern iwan is that every inch of this iwan is covered with stucco and Koranic inscriptions

The most fascinating thing about the northern iwan is that every inch of this iwan is covered with stucco and Koranic inscriptions

It was amazing to see this beautiful mosque in Isfahan, probably one of the best in the city

It was amazing to see this beautiful mosque in Isfahan, probably one of the best in the city

Ceiling of the northern iwan

Ceiling of the northern iwan

A small corridor like arch is formed in the northern iwan and this is the ceiling of the arch

A small corridor like arch is formed in the northern iwan and this is the ceiling of the arch

Corridor on the northern side is supported by these columns

Corridor on the northern side is supported by these columns

Upper part of the marble column (decorative piece)

Upper part of the marble column (decorative piece)

Middle part of the marble column - it is adorned with floral motifs (similar to those one in Alhambra Palace in Granada)

Middle part of the marble column - it is adorned with floral motifs (similar to those one in Alhambra Palace in Granada)

Base of the colum is also made of marble - there are visible cracks in the base that points to it's troubles in the past

Base of the colum is also made of marble - there are visible cracks in the base that points to it's troubles in the past

Rrectangular inner court of the Jame Isfahan measures 65 by 55 meters and it has a fountain in the middle

Rrectangular inner court of the Jame Isfahan measures 65 by 55 meters and it has a fountain in the middle

Interior of the western iwan - in the middle, a large water drinking vessel can be seen

Interior of the western iwan - in the middle, a large water drinking vessel can be seen

Looking at upper part of the western iwan - this iwan is more decorated than the one on the eastern side

Looking at upper part of the western iwan - this iwan is more decorated than the one on the eastern side

Decorative details of the ceiling of the western iwan

Decorative details of the ceiling of the western iwan

Small holes were built in the walls of the mosque in order to allow more light and fresh air into the building

Small holes were built in the walls of the mosque in order to allow more light and fresh air into the building

Glazed Persian tiles are used to decorate the exterior of the iwans

Glazed Persian tiles are used to decorate the exterior of the iwans

Sometimes, small pieces of tiles are put together to create verses from Koran

Sometimes, small pieces of tiles are put together to create verses from Koran

Arabic inscription created with colourfil tiles - one reason to decorate these iwans was to impress the visitor with the beauty of the mosque

Arabic inscription created with colourfil tiles - one reason to decorate these iwans was to impress the visitor with the beauty of the mosque

Often, these iwans would serve a doorway to the inner prayer halls of the mosque

Often, these iwans would serve a doorway to the inner prayer halls of the mosque

In this photo, yellow, white and blue tiles are used to decorate the western iwan

In this photo, yellow, white and blue tiles are used to decorate the western iwan

Interior of the western iwan

Interior of the western iwan

A tile placed on a wall with the Arabic inscription on it

A tile placed on a wall with the Arabic inscription on it

These mehrab like arches are created at the facade of the western iwan

These mehrab like arches are created at the facade of the western iwan

A photo of Ayatollah Khomeini is painted on the wall of western iwan

A photo of Ayatollah Khomeini is painted on the wall of western iwan

This mosque had been constantly modiefied and it had resulted in a beautiful mix of decorative art and architecture

This mosque had been constantly modiefied and it had resulted in a beautiful mix of decorative art and architecture

Most of the decorative tiles were added during the Safavid era

Most of the decorative tiles were added during the Safavid era

Arabic inscription are created in a manner that it creates an art of itself

Arabic inscription are created in a manner that it creates an art of itself

Without a doubt, this mosque is one of the best preserved and decorated in Isfahan

Without a doubt, this mosque is one of the best preserved and decorated in Isfahan

This photo shows the eastern iwan (to the right) and northern iwan in the middle

This photo shows the eastern iwan (to the right) and northern iwan in the middle

Interior of the southern iwan - this iwan is considered one of the most important in the building

Interior of the southern iwan - this iwan is considered one of the most important in the building

A glass door is installed between the southern iwan and the dome behind it

A glass door is installed between the southern iwan and the dome behind it

Looking towards the north, while standing in the southern iwan

Looking towards the north, while standing in the southern iwan

Looking at the ceiling of the southern iwan

Looking at the ceiling of the southern iwan

A small dome like structure is created when decorating the interior of the iwan

A small dome like structure is created when decorating the interior of the iwan

This is the area which is used as a prayer hall and it lies next to the southern dome

This is the area which is used as a prayer hall and it lies next to the southern dome

This massive structure was built with bricks during the reign of Malik Shah and Nizam al-Molk commissioned this dome in 1086

This massive structure was built with bricks during the reign of Malik Shah and Nizam al-Molk commissioned this dome in 1086

The chamber was designed by the architect Abul Fath and huge dome rests above these giant columns

The chamber was designed by the architect Abul Fath and huge dome rests above these giant columns

This photo shows how bricks were interlocked to increase the strength of the southern dome

This photo shows how bricks were interlocked to increase the strength of the southern dome

Huge supporting columns of the southern dome - the construction of this dome started in September 1086 and finished in March 1088

Huge supporting columns of the southern dome - the construction of this dome started in September 1086 and finished in March 1088

The interior of this dome chamber is adorned with Kufic calligraphy  and also the name of Malik Shah and Nizam al-Molk are written

The interior of this dome chamber is adorned with Kufic calligraphy and also the name of Malik Shah and Nizam al-Molk are written

Inscription bands decorate the mehrab date mainly from the time of Shah Tahmasp

Inscription bands decorate the mehrab date mainly from the time of Shah Tahmasp

Sometimes, this dome is also known as the Dome of Nizam al-Molk

Sometimes, this dome is also known as the Dome of Nizam al-Molk

The area next to the southern dome is comprising a series of small domes, mostly built in the 12th century

The area next to the southern dome is comprising a series of small domes, mostly built in the 12th century

Brick work is very evident in the construction of this mosque (dome)

Brick work is very evident in the construction of this mosque (dome)

Decorative details of the southern iwan - this iwan seems to be more decorated than the other three

Decorative details of the southern iwan - this iwan seems to be more decorated than the other three

One of the main reasons that so much efforts were put into this iwan was because it contained the mehrab of the mosque

One of the main reasons that so much efforts were put into this iwan was because it contained the mehrab of the mosque

Decorating the area around the mehrab (iwan in this case) is an Islamic tradition

Decorating the area around the mehrab (iwan in this case) is an Islamic tradition

No expense was spared when it comes to beautify this iwan

No expense was spared when it comes to beautify this iwan

Most of these inscriptions come from the 17th and 18th centuries

Most of these inscriptions come from the 17th and 18th centuries

A marble column is placed inside the southern iwan, like other iwans, this column has Islamic calligraphy

A marble column is placed inside the southern iwan, like other iwans, this column has Islamic calligraphy

This photo shows how much work has gone to decorate the column

This photo shows how much work has gone to decorate the column

Interior of the southern iwan - brick work is adorned with the glazed Persian tiles

Interior of the southern iwan - brick work is adorned with the glazed Persian tiles

The southeast iwan, called the sofe of the student (shagird), displays Safavid motifs of tilework

The southeast iwan, called the sofe of the student (shagird), displays Safavid motifs of tilework

An inner side of the arch which forms the southern iwan

An inner side of the arch which forms the southern iwan

This large marble basin beside the southern iwan was filled with water to accommodate for it's visitors

This large marble basin beside the southern iwan was filled with water to accommodate for it's visitors

Ayatollah Khomeini is such a spiritual figure in Iran that his photos are painted inside the mosques

Ayatollah Khomeini is such a spiritual figure in Iran that his photos are painted inside the mosques

Ceiling of the southern iwan - the ceilings of all iwans are decorated with the same colour

Ceiling of the southern iwan - the ceilings of all iwans are decorated with the same colour

Glazed tiles are used with geometric precision to enhance the beauty

Glazed tiles are used with geometric precision to enhance the beauty

The persian language is written in the middle of this photo - it may points out to the year of construction

The persian language is written in the middle of this photo - it may points out to the year of construction

Lots of details have gone into it when it comes to decorate the facade of the southern iwan

Lots of details have gone into it when it comes to decorate the facade of the southern iwan

Looking at the western iwan, a raised platform lies in the middle of the courtyard with a fountain underneath it

Looking at the western iwan, a raised platform lies in the middle of the courtyard with a fountain underneath it

Facade of the western iwan - Kufic inscriptions are used at the front of this iwan

Facade of the western iwan - Kufic inscriptions are used at the front of this iwan

A canopy sits at the top of the iwan, I am not sure about the use of this structure

A canopy sits at the top of the iwan, I am not sure about the use of this structure

A guy is parking his motorbike inside the western iwan

A guy is parking his motorbike inside the western iwan

There are only two minarets of the Jame Isfahan and they are erected at the top of the southern iwan

There are only two minarets of the Jame Isfahan and they are erected at the top of the southern iwan

Unlike mosques in Istanbul, these minarets are not very tall

Unlike mosques in Istanbul, these minarets are not very tall

A closer look at one of the minarets of the mosque

A closer look at one of the minarets of the mosque

Upper part of the minaret - it forms a round balcony with a samll dome on the top

Upper part of the minaret - it forms a round balcony with a samll dome on the top

Lower part of the balcony of the minaret - it was hard to see the details of the art work, a zoom lens came handy in here

Lower part of the balcony of the minaret - it was hard to see the details of the art work, a zoom lens came handy in here

Middle part or shaft of the minaret - this mosque is one of the masterpieces of the brick work

Middle part or shaft of the minaret - this mosque is one of the masterpieces of the brick work

A final look at the southern iwan with the dome in the background and pigeons are sitting on it

A final look at the southern iwan with the dome in the background and pigeons are sitting on it