The Imam Mosque, formerly known as Royal or Shah Mosque, is a historic mosque, regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian architecture in the Islamic era.

The magnificent mosque was built during the Safavid era, ordered by Shah Abbas I. It is located in Isfahan, central Iran, standing in southern side of Naqsh-e Jahan Square. The monument is is regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian architecture in the Islamic era.

The mosque is registered, along with the Naqsh-e Jahan Square, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its construction began in 1611, and its splendour is mainly due to the beauty of its seven-colour mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions- characteristics of Persian Islamic architecture.

The mosque is depicted on the reverse of the Iranian 20,000 rials banknote.

Here are IRNA’s photos of this Persian architecture masterpiece:

Fatemeh Askarieh is an Iranian journalist working on a range of fields including culture, art, lifestyle, cultural heritage, and tourism. She has been working with the Iran Front Page (IFP) Media Group for 10 years, and is currently the head of the Art and Lifestyle Department.

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