Main door of the Jame Isfahan Mosque can be seen in the middle - it is surrounded by the shops inside the Grand Bazaar

Main door of the Jame Isfahan Mosque can be seen in the middle - it is surrounded by the shops inside the Grand Bazaar

A mosque stood here in the 8th century but it got burnt down later  - during the rule of the Seleucids, Isfahan became the centre of power and a mosque was built here

A mosque stood here in the 8th century but it got burnt down later - during the rule of the Seleucids, Isfahan became the centre of power and a mosque was built here

A chain hangs at the front of the main door of the mosque - when chain is at it's lowest level, it means that access is not allowed

A chain hangs at the front of the main door of the mosque - when chain is at it's lowest level, it means that access is not allowed

An Iranian women draped in black chador passes under the chain at the main door of the mosque

An Iranian women draped in black chador passes under the chain at the main door of the mosque

This is the lively photo of the Grand Bazaar of Isfahan with the Northern Dome in the background

This is the lively photo of the Grand Bazaar of Isfahan with the Northern Dome in the background

This dome is also known as the Dome of Taj al-Molk or Khaki Gobund

This dome is also known as the Dome of Taj al-Molk or Khaki Gobund

Decorative details of the entry portal of the Jame Isfahan Mosque

Decorative details of the entry portal of the Jame Isfahan Mosque

Persian tiles are used to enhance the beauty of the entrance

Persian tiles are used to enhance the beauty of the entrance

Main entrance of the mosque, seen from inside

Main entrance of the mosque, seen from inside

After entering through the main door, a corridor leads to the courtyard of the mosque

After entering through the main door, a corridor leads to the courtyard of the mosque

A current model of the mosque - the southern dome of the mosque is located in the foreground

A current model of the mosque - the southern dome of the mosque is located in the foreground

It is said that south dome was built to house the mihrab in 108687 by Nizam al-Mulk

It is said that south dome was built to house the mihrab in 108687 by Nizam al-Mulk

An area to the right of the corridor have few information about the history of the mosque

An area to the right of the corridor have few information about the history of the mosque

The very first mosque at current site was built in 772 and in 840 the mosque was demolished and a new mosque was built on an area of one hectare

The very first mosque at current site was built in 772 and in 840 the mosque was demolished and a new mosque was built on an area of one hectare

This photo shows how the Jame Mosque of Isfahan had looked like in the 13th century

This photo shows how the Jame Mosque of Isfahan had looked like in the 13th century

The Jame Mosque of Isfahan has seen many changes throughout it's history and each ruler added it's own blend of beauty to this great mosque

The Jame Mosque of Isfahan has seen many changes throughout it's history and each ruler added it's own blend of beauty to this great mosque

There were open spaces in the corridor leading to the courtyard - these open spaces would allow more light and fresh air into the building

There were open spaces in the corridor leading to the courtyard - these open spaces would allow more light and fresh air into the building

A beautiful stucco mehrab is located on the left side of the corridor wall

A beautiful stucco mehrab is located on the left side of the corridor wall

This mehrab is called il-Khanid Mehrab - it is believed that this mehrab was built in the 14th century or earlier period

This mehrab is called il-Khanid Mehrab - it is believed that this mehrab was built in the 14th century or earlier period

Details of the il-Khanid Mehrab - a graffiti found on this mehrab is dated 1437 and it also sheds a light on it's age as well

Details of the il-Khanid Mehrab - a graffiti found on this mehrab is dated 1437 and it also sheds a light on it's age as well

This panel was placed in the wall of the corridor on the eastern side

This panel was placed in the wall of the corridor on the eastern side

A verse from Koran is written on this stone relief - there was no date written so it's age is open to debate

A verse from Koran is written on this stone relief - there was no date written so it's age is open to debate

Ceiling of the corridor which leads from the main door to the courtyard of the mosque

Ceiling of the corridor which leads from the main door to the courtyard of the mosque

This corridor leads to the upper part of the eastern wall closer to the southeast corner

This corridor leads to the upper part of the eastern wall closer to the southeast corner

A view of the southern dome and iwan of the Jame Isfahan - when Shah Abbas I moved Safavid capital of his empire from Qazvin to Isfahan, new life was given to this great city

A view of the southern dome and iwan of the Jame Isfahan - when Shah Abbas I moved Safavid capital of his empire from Qazvin to Isfahan, new life was given to this great city

The area close to the northeast dome is called

The area close to the northeast dome is called "Shabastan"

Probably, in the past this section of the mosque was used as a prayer hall

Probably, in the past this section of the mosque was used as a prayer hall

The construction of this section of the mosque goes back to the 13th century

The construction of this section of the mosque goes back to the 13th century

Once inside the shabastan, one is surrounded by tall pillars built with bricks

Once inside the shabastan, one is surrounded by tall pillars built with bricks

Like many other buildings in the Islamic World, ceiling allows natural light inside the building

Like many other buildings in the Islamic World, ceiling allows natural light inside the building

There are small domes created to enhance the beauty of this mosque, similarities can be found between the Jame Mosque of Isfahan and that of al-Nasir Mosque in Shiraz

There are small domes created to enhance the beauty of this mosque, similarities can be found between the Jame Mosque of Isfahan and that of al-Nasir Mosque in Shiraz

Looking into the sky above, through a hole in the ceiling

Looking into the sky above, through a hole in the ceiling

This part of this mosque looks little strange with very little activity inside

This part of this mosque looks little strange with very little activity inside

Tall pillars gave way for the arches which are also the base of the northeast dome

Tall pillars gave way for the arches which are also the base of the northeast dome

Taj al-Molk commissioned the northeastern dome, was built in 1088-9 for Terkan Khatun (Malik Shah's wife and Sultan Tamghach Khan's daughter)

Taj al-Molk commissioned the northeastern dome, was built in 1088-9 for Terkan Khatun (Malik Shah's wife and Sultan Tamghach Khan's daughter)

Some historians believe that this dome was used as a private prayer hall for the ladies

Some historians believe that this dome was used as a private prayer hall for the ladies

Ten double-ribs emerge from the dome's drum and ascend to inscribe a pentagon

Ten double-ribs emerge from the dome's drum and ascend to inscribe a pentagon

A closer look at the northeastern dome of the Jame Mosque - bricks are one of the main components to build this massive dome

A closer look at the northeastern dome of the Jame Mosque - bricks are one of the main components to build this massive dome

A brick wall separates this part of the mosque from the newer one (also few centuries old)

A brick wall separates this part of the mosque from the newer one (also few centuries old)

An old minbar sitting inside the mosque - in the background graffiti can be seen

An old minbar sitting inside the mosque - in the background graffiti can be seen

Decorative design is created to allow light from one of the iwans to this part of the mosque

Decorative design is created to allow light from one of the iwans to this part of the mosque

A closer look at the bricks which are used to beautify the interior of the mosque

A closer look at the bricks which are used to beautify the interior of the mosque