If you want to find the best examples of the city’s design skill then it’s a good idea to look up at the monuments’ ceilings. From Incredible tile-working of Imam Mosque to intricate paintings of Vank Cathedral, some of the most exceptional examples of artistry can be found just above your head.
One of the favorite spots in Isfahan included Naghshe Jahan Square, which houses a couple mosques and also is where you can watch the magnificent of Persian and Islamic architecture.
You could wander around the mosque for days, simply staring at the different patterns to be found on the wall, and don’t forget to look up, as some of the most beautiful architecture is actually located on the ceiling.From royal purples to glittering golds, the ceilings and walls of Sheikh lotfollah mosque are completely covered in patterns of classical Persian and Islamic art. Many motifs have a mandala-like structure with a central point that radiates different shapes and hues.
|Sheikh lotfollah mosque in Isfahan|
Vank Cathedral, the Church of the Saintly Sisters, is placed in one of the oldest parts of Isfahan called Jolfa which was constructed in a barberry garden. The church has a great dome, high ceilings and beautiful arches and is currently a vicarage for Armenians in Iran and India. The creation story of Adam and Eve which is depicted by Armenian artists can be seen around the central dome. A picture of Jesus Christ is painted in the center and an attractive giant bell made of stone that rests on four pillars is in the corner of the church. It is famous for its mural paintings and the world’s third best Armenian Museum is located in it.
The elegant Ali Qapu mansion on the sixth floor has a large completely plastered hall, which is also known as the music hall. The interweaving beauty of architecture and science of acoustics performed in this hall, proves the ingenuity of Iranian architects. This hall’s ornamentation is a smart decorative invention of Safavid era, based on the physical recognition of the sound and its reflective characteristic. Besides providing beauty to this glorious hall, this jar-shaped cornices caused the sound of music to spread more clearly and vividly.