Thursday, June 24, 2004

Notes on the Shaykh Lutfallah Mosque

Notes on the Shaykh Lutfallah Mosque: "The Shaykh Lutfallah Mosque has no minarets as it was a private mosque used by the Safavid royal family members, presumably they did not need to be called to prayer. It is also known as the 'Lady's or Women's Mosque' as the ladies of the court could worship there in private. The tile work in this mosque is exquisite. In order to have the mihrab of the mosque facing Mecca and the Mosque still positioned as one of the 'anchors' of the square, there is an angled corridor into the mosque from the square. Although it has not been found, rumor has it that there was a private underground tunnel to the mosque from the A'li Qapu Palace for the royal family.