Shah Mosque is situated on the southern side of Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan

Shah Mosque is situated on the southern side of Naqsh-e Jahan Square in Isfahan

The entrance of the Shah Mosque is beside the Grand Bazaar of Isfahan - this entrance is shaped like a half moon and it is 27m in height

The entrance of the Shah Mosque is beside the Grand Bazaar of Isfahan - this entrance is shaped like a half moon and it is 27m in height

Main door of the Shah Mosque - this mosque is also called as the Imam Mosque, in the past it was also known as the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan

Main door of the Shah Mosque - this mosque is also called as the Imam Mosque, in the past it was also known as the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan

Decorative details above the main door of the mosque - Shah Abbas of Iran moved the capital from Qazvin to Isfahan and this mosque was built to enhance the beauty of Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Decorative details above the main door of the mosque - Shah Abbas of Iran moved the capital from Qazvin to Isfahan and this mosque was built to enhance the beauty of Naqsh-e Jahan Square

The construction of this mosque started in 1611 and it was completed during the reign of Shah Safi in 1630

The construction of this mosque started in 1611 and it was completed during the reign of Shah Safi in 1630

Entrance door of the mosque seen from inside

Entrance door of the mosque seen from inside

Inscriptions installed on the building, which identify Badi' al-Zaman Tuni as responsible for the building plans, 'Ali Akbar Isfahani as the engineer

Inscriptions installed on the building, which identify Badi' al-Zaman Tuni as responsible for the building plans, 'Ali Akbar Isfahani as the engineer

Southern iwan is seen through the arch of the northern iwan

Southern iwan is seen through the arch of the northern iwan

This large marble basin beside the main door was used to be filled with the water or sometimes with lemonade which was offered to the worshippers - this basin is almost 400 years old

This large marble basin beside the main door was used to be filled with the water or sometimes with lemonade which was offered to the worshippers - this basin is almost 400 years old

These stones are used during the Friday prayer by the worshippers

These stones are used during the Friday prayer by the worshippers

This beautiful dome belongs to the western iwan of the mosque

This beautiful dome belongs to the western iwan of the mosque

Carpets were rolled in one corner of the western iwan

Carpets were rolled in one corner of the western iwan

These carpets are used for the Friday prayer when more people come to pray in this mosque

These carpets are used for the Friday prayer when more people come to pray in this mosque

This is the second marble basin of the mosque, from this basin people used to drink water

This is the second marble basin of the mosque, from this basin people used to drink water

Suleymaniye Madrasa is also attached with the mosque which served it's purpose as a religious school

Suleymaniye Madrasa is also attached with the mosque which served it's purpose as a religious school

A side view of the Suleymaniye Madrasa of the Shah Mosque

A side view of the Suleymaniye Madrasa of the Shah Mosque

Looking out to the Shah Mosque from the courtyard of the Suleymaniye Madrasa

Looking out to the Shah Mosque from the courtyard of the Suleymaniye Madrasa

Now, I have moved inside the courtyard of the mosque and madarsa is seen through the arches

Now, I have moved inside the courtyard of the mosque and madarsa is seen through the arches

Shah Mosque has a courtyard (50 by 67 meters) surrounded by a two-story arcade on four sides with four iwans, one at the center of each side

Shah Mosque has a courtyard (50 by 67 meters) surrounded by a two-story arcade on four sides with four iwans, one at the center of each side

This section of the mosque is called the Winter Mosque - this southwest iwan is flanked by rectangular rooms

This section of the mosque is called the Winter Mosque - this southwest iwan is flanked by rectangular rooms

These halls are covered by eight domes and connect to two rectangular arcaded courts serving as madrasas

These halls are covered by eight domes and connect to two rectangular arcaded courts serving as madrasas

Ceiling of the Winter Mosque - these domes are much lower in the height as compared to the other parts of the mosque

Ceiling of the Winter Mosque - these domes are much lower in the height as compared to the other parts of the mosque

Mehrab is located inside the southern iwan of the mosque - this section of the mosque was finished in 1616

Mehrab is located inside the southern iwan of the mosque - this section of the mosque was finished in 1616

A minbar next to the mehrab of the Shah Mosque

A minbar next to the mehrab of the Shah Mosque

The arch of the southern iwan rises to 28m in height and it is decorated with white, dark blue and light gold colours

The arch of the southern iwan rises to 28m in height and it is decorated with white, dark blue and light gold colours

Dome of the Shah Mosque, seen from inside - this impressive dome sits at 53m in height

Dome of the Shah Mosque, seen from inside - this impressive dome sits at 53m in height

A closeup view of the dome - the interior of the dome is ornamented with the arabesque style

A closeup view of the dome - the interior of the dome is ornamented with the arabesque style

Northern iwan of the mosque is seen through the arch of the southern iwan

Northern iwan of the mosque is seen through the arch of the southern iwan

The exterior of the mosque is fully covered with a polychrome dark blue glazed tiles

The exterior of the mosque is fully covered with a polychrome dark blue glazed tiles

Some renovation work being carried out at the front of the main iwan

Some renovation work being carried out at the front of the main iwan

View of the southern iwan with the pool in front of it

View of the southern iwan with the pool in front of it

Haft-rangi (seven colors) tiles were used to decorate this mosque

Haft-rangi (seven colors) tiles were used to decorate this mosque

By using the haft-rangi tiles one could work more easily and economically

By using the haft-rangi tiles one could work more easily and economically

This section of the mosque was being used for the daily prayers, few of the locals came and went inside this room to pray

This section of the mosque was being used for the daily prayers, few of the locals came and went inside this room to pray

This is the courtyard of the second madrasa (western side) which is attached to the mosque

This is the courtyard of the second madrasa (western side) which is attached to the mosque

The central courtyard measuring 50 meters by 67 metres with the fours iwan in total

The central courtyard measuring 50 meters by 67 metres with the fours iwan in total

In Iran, minarets of the mosques are smaller as compared to the other parts of the Muslim World, instead they used a aedicule, known in Persian as a goldaste to call for the prayer in the past

In Iran, minarets of the mosques are smaller as compared to the other parts of the Muslim World, instead they used a aedicule, known in Persian as a goldaste to call for the prayer in the past

This area was reserved for the ladies to pray

This area was reserved for the ladies to pray

The main sanctuary provides wonderful views back to the two turquoise minarets above the entrance portal

The main sanctuary provides wonderful views back to the two turquoise minarets above the entrance portal

I wasn't sure about the function of this section of the building

I wasn't sure about the function of this section of the building

The walls of the courtyard contain the most exquisite sunken porches, framed by haft rangi (painted tiles) of deep blue and yellow

The walls of the courtyard contain the most exquisite sunken porches, framed by haft rangi (painted tiles) of deep blue and yellow

A view of the main iwan and the courtyard in front of it

A view of the main iwan and the courtyard in front of it

This photo of the Shah Mosque was taken from the Naqsh-e Jahan Square

This photo of the Shah Mosque was taken from the Naqsh-e Jahan Square

Shah Mosque seen through the fountains of the square

Shah Mosque seen through the fountains of the square

Dome of the Shah Mosque and it's minarets are visible from the Ali Qapu Palace

Dome of the Shah Mosque and it's minarets are visible from the Ali Qapu Palace

A view of Naqsh-e Jahan Square and the Shah Mosque from the Ali Qapu Palace

A view of Naqsh-e Jahan Square and the Shah Mosque from the Ali Qapu Palace