Photographer's Note

I had intended today's photo as a workshop but decided to upgrade it. Not that it is particularly good, or even my best photo today, but it gives you a wider view of the 17th century Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in Esfahan, of which I have earlier only posted photos of the entrance:



The WS shows the Imam Mosque, formerly Shah Mosque. You can see how different they look, especially the domes.

Do you notice a peculiar feature of the Lotfollah mosque? Yes, there are no minarets, which is very unusual, at least for major mosques in big cities. The reason is that this was the private mosque of the royal family and the court, so there was no need for prayer calls to ordinary citizens. The front gate, which is always open now, was always closed then. The royals are said to have entered the mosque through a tunnel from the palace area under the large square and straight into the mosque compound. That tunnel is no longer used, at least according to Wikipedia.

I liked this mosque better than the larger Imam (Shah) Mosque for its more intimate atmosphere.

This photo, and the WS, was taken from the Ali Qapu Palace, the entrance building to the palace area which I showed as a WS with my last post:


Both photos from July 1970 were scanned from Agfacolor CT18 slides.

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