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Delaram F
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6 years ago

Masjed-e Sheykh Lotfollah has an interesting entrance. You pass a dark corridor which bends, and you can’t see its end. Then you suddenly enter the big space under the dome, covered with beautiful tiles. I have been to this mosque several times, but I still become surprised when I enter there!

Blandine L
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6 years ago

What was inside this bowl?

P H
Reply to  Blandine L
6 years ago

Something delicious! :-)

(Look at the new photo added to the photo gallery in the post.)

Hassan S
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6 years ago

I think ‘noodle potage/pottage’ is the nearest to Ash-e/Ash [broth/soup] Reshteh [noodle]. It isn’t exact, but I think it serves the purpose.

P H
6 years ago

Have you tried any “beryâni”?

P H
Reply to  Azadeh H
6 years ago

Why not? They say it’s very delicious! (Well, yes, a bit greasy, but still!)

Hassan S
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6 years ago

This mosque is an artistic masterpiece worth visiting many times. Maybe because it was to be used by women only. That is why it doesn’t have minarets, so it wouldn’t invite strangers in town. The earth and sky have swapped places in it! The ceiling’s colour is yellowish, the floor is blue. The pillars are not pillars really. The walls carry the weight of the nearly 600-ton dome. And the famous peacock on the ceiling whose tail is displayed with sunlight. There is much more to say about this exquisite work of art. The American archaeologist Prof Arthur Pope (buried… Read more »

Hassan S
Reply to  Azadeh H
6 years ago

Yes, I have and if I remember correctly, there were air ducts for ventilation too. But I haven’t heard about the tunnel. I was mesmerised by the way the tiles had been cut with so much finesse, the inscription up there, and serenity of the place that I didn’t want to leave. And the princes who played polo there have surely been very stupid!

P H
Reply to  Hassan S
6 years ago

And the princes who played polo there have surely been very stupid!

How so?

Hassan S
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6 years ago

On second thoughts, I think I should’ve used the word inconsiderate instead of stupid.

P H
Reply to  Hassan S
6 years ago

And how’s that? Why ‘inconsiderate’? I still don’t get it. :-)

P H
Reply to  Azadeh H
6 years ago

I wish you would try (to explain it in English). What’s the connection between religion (congregational prayer) and air ducts?!

Blandine L
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6 years ago

Spinach? Aromatic herbs? Yoghurt? If it is delicious maybe you could share the recipe?

P H
Reply to  Blandine L
6 years ago

Here is the recipesort of.

P H
6 years ago

Back home? Is there anything you didn’t like about Isfahan?

Brigitte B
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5 years ago

Thank you to let me think of this time. I have gone to Isfahan and I really appreciate this beautiful town. It was the first time I visited Iran and I remember the beauty of the mosques, especially Sheikh Lotfollâh. Outside the blue and ochre colors are beautiful in the sun. The Ali Qapu Palace is very interesting too with its special room for music. The decor with stucco could have been a good place to listen to music. At the end of the day I went to a cayxâne (a tea room), on the pavement area, at the first… Read more »

P H
Reply to  Brigitte B
5 years ago

I have to admit that I have been to Isfahan only once… which is a shame for an Iranian. :-(

I think Imam Square, which used to be called Naqshe Jahân Square, is a nice place to visit, and like you, I was impressed by Sheyx Lotfollâh Mosque’s beauty. My favourite place in Isfahan though, is Si-o-se-pol, specially at night.

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