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The Khwaju Bridge, from Pascal Coste,  Les Monuments modernes de la Perse (1867) . The central feature, set on a wider footing, helped the bridge to resist the pressure of the water.

Bridges of Isfahan

Isfahan grew up next to the Zayandeh Rud, which feeds the oasis where people had first settled in prehistoric times. To carry the line of the Chahar Bagh across the river, Shah ‘Abbas…

A 19th century drawing by Pascal Coste of the Chahar Bagh Madrassah in Isfahan.

Architectural sketches by Pascal Coste

Xavier Pascal Coste (26 November 1787 – 8 February 1879) was a French architect, born in Marseille, France. Showing intellectual and artistic promise, Pascal began his studies in the studio of Penchaud, architect of the département…

the tiles of infinity

Tiles of Infinity

 When Peter J. Lu visited Uzbekistan as a Harvard University graduate student in 2005, he found himself unexpectedly captivated by the complex tile patterns of a 15-th century Madrasa, or Islamic religious school,…

Imam Mosque, Isfahan

Walls of Isfahan

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Jameh Mosque of Isfahan

The Jāmeh Mosque of Isfahān (Persian: مسجد جامع اصفهان‎ – Masjid-e-Jāmeh Isfahān) is the grand, congregational mosque (Jāmeh) of Isfahān city, within Isfahān Province, Iran. The mosque is the result of continual construction, reconstruction, additions and renovations on the site…

Stucco Mihrab

The Room of Sultan Uljeitu

The Room of Sultan Muhammad Khodabandeh Uljeitu  (r. 1304-17) in the Jameh Mosque (Isfahan),  is home to one of the mosque’s greatest treasures – an exquisite stucco mihrab awash with dense Quranic inscriptions and floral…

Painting by the french architect, Pascal Coste, visiting Persia in 1841.

Imam (Shah) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran

Built during the Safavid period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian Architecture. The Shah Mosque of Esfahan is one of…

The interior side of the dome

Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque

Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque (Persian: مسجد شیخ لطف الله‎ Masjed-e Sheikh Lotf-ollāh) is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran….

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Safavid Palaces

Most of the palaces, pavilions, and villas built in the Safavid period have not survived. Many were destroyed, especially during the Afghan conquest of Isfahan in 1722. Others were neglected and left to…

DOME IN IRANIAN ARCHITECTURE

The Sasanian and early Islamic periods The dome on squinches first appeared in Persia in the Sasanian period in the palace at Fîrûzâbâd (q.v.) in Fârs and at nearby Qal´a-ye Dokhtar, both erected…

Meidan-i-Chah ou Place Royale, Ispahan by Flandin, Eugene-Napoleon

Meidan-i-Chah ou Place Royale, Ispahan; Ispahan, Meidan-i-Shah

The wide expanse of the Maydan was created as a polo ground by Shah Abbas soon after he moved his capital to Ispahan in the early 1600s. On the far side is the…

The Mosque in the Medieval Islamic World

  Why study the mosque? For historians of architecture and culture alike, the answer is gratifyingly simple. This is the Islamic building par excellence, and as such the key to Islamic architecture. Moreover,…

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