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Persia. Thousand and One Marvellous Instants

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Isfhan, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

Shah Abbas I of Persia. 1619 AD

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The Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

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was a cornerstone of Iranian architecture,
built during the Safavid Empire. Its construction began in 1603 and was completed in 1619, during my reign. The entrance, like those of the Grand Bazaar, was a recessed half-moon. Turning right at the entrance, towards the prayer hall, a message was found saying that the true scripture was not available until God sent Muhammad and that divine blessings
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are for martyrs. The lower façade of the mosque and the entrance were built of marble, while coloured tiles decorated the upper part of the structure. The creation of calligraphic inscriptions and tiles, which excelled in beauty and quality, was unprecedented in the Islamic world and was supervised by master calligrapher Ali Reza Abbasi. The poem by Shaykh Bahai,

an Arab architect and philosopher, written on the right side of the building, is a prayer for help from the God-given Fourteen Infallibles, while the inscriptions inside the dome emphasise the virtues of charity, prayer and honesty, all of which are needed to follow the precepts of Islam and its prophets.

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The design of the Ardabil Carpet, the oldest in the Persian world, presents the same concepts as the interior of the dome; it follows the concepts of the mystical philosopher Suhrawardi.
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Isfhan, Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque

Shah Abbas I of Persia. 1619 AD

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Shah Abbas "the Great". 1587 AD

Isfahan, Bazaar

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