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Jame Abbasi Mosque #1

Jame Abbasi Mosque #1
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Copyright: Zbigniew Kalinowski (fotka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 502 W: 9 N: 1211] (5751)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2014-10-15
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Panasonic Lumix FZ 28, Leica Vario-Elmarit 1:2.8-4.4/4.8-86.4
Exposure: 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2017-08-18 4:42
Viewed: 771
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
When Shah Abbas Safavid I elected Isfahan as his capital in 1006 H. (1598 A.D.), he decided to restyle the urban and architectural system of the city in a pattern deserving one of the creditable capitals of the world of those times. In this direction, one of his most important decisions was to trans-locate the city center from the old square to a new one (now called Naqsh-e-Jahan).

In those days, Jame's mosque was considered as one of the most important elements of each city. Therefore, it was also necessary to build a new Jamel's mosque for the modern city. Accordingly in the restyling plan of Naqsh-e-Jahan square, besides Markets (bazaars) communicating with the old bazaar and square, erection of castles and a magnificent Jame's mosque was predicted. This mosque, denominated as "The new Jame's mosque" or "Masjid Jame Abbasi" is famed today as Imam Mosque. Masjid Imam typifies the climax of the Iranian architecture. The turquoise color of its frontal area minarets and dome, amongst the white and gray colors of the square's walls, symbolize presence and dominance of spirituality over the square. The mosque begins with a side frontage and a magnificent frontispiece with a semi-dome decorated with muqarnas (stalactite work), followed with an alluring vestibule. A wide opening in the vestibule, presents the visitor with a view of the courtyard and the main ivan; while entry to the courtyard is provided by two passagewaye situated on both sides of the vestibule. The courtyard itself, is surrounded on all its four sides, with four ivans and several sanctuaries. The main ivan and rotunda of the mosque face towards Qibla. This rotunda, with its exquisite decorations and polychrome tile seems like a garden that is not an exaggeration to call it the bezel of the Iranian architecture and one of the exotic monuments of the world. On two corners of the mosque, there are two beautiful patios used as theological schools that due to being restored during the reigns of Shah Soleyman Safavid and Nasser-al-Din Shah Qajar, are famed as Soleymanieh and Nasserieh madrassas.

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Hello Zbigniew,I was surprised, in reading your note, that a new mosque would have to be built due to the centre of the town being moved!
The architecture is beautiful.
The tile decoration is really fabulous; such skill.
I like the inclusion of the people going about their everyday lives.
Regards Jean.

Bonjour Zbigniew,

Un bien bel endroit d'un pays qu'on ne voit pas très souvent dans ces pages.
Le cadrage est spécial car il manque un peut de symétrie. On semble être entre deux choses.



Ciao Zbigniew, great view of fantastic architecture, fine details, excellent clarity, splendid light and wond4erful colors, very well done, my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

Hello Zbigniew,
The soft pastel tones bring a painterly feel to the composition. I like the framing and the pleasant animated atmosphere. Excellent rendering of the colours and the decorative detail. A fine image of this very beautiful building.

Czesc Zbigniew,
wspaniala to musiala byc podroz do tak wyjatkowego miejsca. Przyznam ze nie slyszalem o tym miescie dopoki nie przeczytalem ksiazki The Physician (nie wiem jak po polsku ale ksiazka napisana przez Noah Gordon).
Wtedy to uswiadomilem sobie jak malo wiem o swiecie...
Wyjatkowa architektura, pogoda nie do konca dopisala ale reportaz wysmienity,

Hello Zbigniew,

Even though this has been rebuilt, it is still very old but does not appear so from its excellent state of repair and the beauty of its its decorations! It is a beautiful building with fine, tiled decorations, repeating recessed arches and tall, elegant minarets.
It's nice to see that it is not isolated but is the hub of the community.

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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