The Mesmerising Architecture of Iranian Mosques

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It's not often that we look up to appreciate what's above us, in fact for the most part we spend our time looking down at our phone screens, but that would be a crime if you were to visit one of the stunning mosques. Middle Eastern architecture is already widely renowned for it's kaleidoscope-like designs and these photos by Mehrdad show that off in stunning fashion.

Journeying around the city of Isfahan, Iran, as well as other neighbouring cities Mehrdad captures the mesmerising and almost hypnotic patterns of mosque ceilings, some of which are up to 900-years-old!. You can see more of this amazing series on Instagram.

Ceiling of hazrat-masoumeh mosque, Qom, Iran

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The 400 year old ceiling of sheikh lotfollah mosque in Isfahan, Iran

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The 900 year old ceiling of jāmeh mosque of Isfahan, Iran

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Ceiling of sheikh-lotfollah mosque, Isfahan, Iran

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Chahar-Bagh’s school, Esfahan, Iran

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Heikh-Lotfollah’s mosque, Esfahan, Iran

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The 400 year old ceiling of the Palace of Shah Abbas Safavi, Iran

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Hafez’s tomb in Shiraz, Fars, Iran

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Sheikh-Lotfolah’s mosque, Esfahan, Iran

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Chehel-soton’s palace, Esfahan, Iran

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The 900 year old ceiling of Jameh’s mosque, Esfahan, Iran

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The 400 year old ceiling of Sheikh Lotfollah mosque, Esfahan, Iran

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Hazrate-Masomeh’s mosque in Qom, Iran

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Hazrate-Masomeh’s mosque in Qom, Iran

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The 400 year old ceiling of Shah mosque in Esfahan, Iran

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Jameh’s mosque in Esfahan, Iran, which is 900 years old!

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