Jame Abbasi Mosque, commonly known as Imam mosque, is one of the most popular attractions of Isfahan which has always been an unmissable destination for visitors. This majestic mosque is situated on the northern side of the Naqsh-e Jahan Square.
This extraordinary mosque is considered to be the milestone of Islamic architecture and its unprecedentedly stunning features never fails to draw the attention of the visitors. Another noteworthy feature that needs to be mentioned is its location which as previously mentioned is on the Naqsh-e Jahan Square that happens to be a magnificent point of interest, hence you can’t miss it because you’ll be killing not two but even more birds with one stone. You’ll notice distinctive and exceptional features in the architecture of the mosque, such as four minarets, usage of adobe painted tiles for decorative purpose, having the most picturesque entrance door amongst the Iranians mosques, having one of the vastest tile engravings among the historical sites of Iran and last but not least, the sound reflection quality.
The Jame Abbasi Mosque is considered as one of the most outstanding historical landmarks due to its decent proportion, splendid decorations and artistic designs in that era. Even nowadays the mosque is still considered to be as one of the most marvelous mosques in the world.
Imam mosque AKA Shah mosque, is an picturesque piece of architectural wonders of the Islamic era which was built approximately 700 years ago, but as the time passed by, it caused some alternations in its structure. The mosque’s main entry has been adorned with unique tilework and its remarkable arches, that resemble a hive of bees, have artistically designed distinctive ridges that are called Muqarnas.
Generally, the architecture of the Jame Abbasi Mosque are considered as the most fundamental element of the city in that era. In the post Islamic era, Jame mosques were highly valued and appraised in regard of architecture and urbanization. In fact, you may also consider them as the urbanization headquarters in the post Islamic era. After the struction of the Jame mosque, other sections of the city were built all around the mosque afterwards. You can clearly notice this feature in urbanization of the Iran’s cities in the post Islamic era.
According to the fact that Isfahan was the ruling city in the Safavid era, it was essential and vital for the Jame mosque to be built in particular details and sophisticatedly.
The decoration of the mosque was done quite delicately and elegantly. Specifically the tilework of the mosque is so spectacularly exquisite that it’s considered as the one of the best examples of Iranian tilework. The tilework of the Shah mosque of Isfahan was a huge project of that time. Since the mosque was extremely enormous, it would have been an impossible job to create delicate tilework like the Sheikh Lotfollah mosque’s tilework. Hence, the art prodigies of Isfahan put their minds together and invented a whole new method. Smaller tiles were used in this method, by putting the small tiles next to one another, different and colorful shapes were formed.
This technique allowed the architects to attach different colors together without using the separating colors. These kinds of tilework are literally called 7-color painted tilework. As a matter of fact, this technique was used in tilework of Shah mosque of Isfahan for the first time. The dominant color which is most used is azure blue which by the way is an ingenious choice. If you contemplate about it, you’ll notice that the artists were trying to demonstrate an illusion of the sky and heavens by choosing that color which is quite fascinating.