This is what the inside of the Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, located in Iran, looks like. The insides of this historical place of worship are truly incredible. Also known as the ‘Pink Mosque,’ this temple was completed back in 1888. Although few people have the chance to see the wondrous beauty just behind the mosque’s front doors.
While the Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque is uniquely incredible, all throughout Iran there are mosques made with equal beauty and attention to detail. Since photography is largely banned inside of the mosques, few pictures of the sites exist. But now thanks to one skilled photographer, you can catch a glimpse inside some of Iran’s most incredible historical mosques without leaving the comfort of your living room.
You can thank architectural photographer, Mohammad Domiri. The 23-year-old from northern Iran has a passion for taking photos of mosques found throughout the Middle East. Since Domiri is one of the few that has been allowed to capture the raw beauty of these mosques, his pictures are considered incredibly rare.
Some of the mosques photographed by Domiri and pictured here include, Vakil Mosque, Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Chehel Sotoun, Seyyed Mosque, and Aliqapu Palace. Feast your eyes, these images are truly breathtaking!
In each photograph Domiri’s skills shine strong, as he uses a number of techniques to capture just the right shot, highlighting each intricately detailed display.
Looking at these mosques in totality, it’s hard to decide where to point your lens, each square inch provides another miraculous view. In an attempt to do justice to the mosques’ impressive designs, Domiri combines panoramic shots, fisheye lenses, and many more techniques.
Before Domiri ever photographs a location, he takes his time throughly researching the architecture and history behind the building. This way he is able to properly represent all of the finer details and points of significance.
Pictured above, the Aliqapu Palace located in Isfahan. This shot highlights the intricate work on a portion of the ceiling.
Domiri especially enjoys when the sun’s rays sneak through the mosque windows, casting the perfect lighting for magnificent photos.
Inside these historical mosques await untouched beauty, yet so few people actually get to see it. According to Domiri some of these sites might not live another 20 years or so, pushing Domiri to take as many photos as possible.
Spiral columns are a popular architectural tool found throughout the mosques. Other popular design techniques include the use of very vivid colors and patterns on the walls, floors, and even glass windows.
The Vakil Mosque (pictured below and above) was built between 1751 and 1773 and restored in the 19th century. The architecture has proven incredibly strong, even severe earthquakes in the region have not been able to offset this grand mosque.
“As we have a grand mosque in every big city there are many historical buildings with lots of beautiful mosaics to capture. I like looking for the symmetry, mosaics and artworks in these temples.” -Mohammad Domiri
Pictured above, the ceiling at the Dolat Abad Mosque located in Yazd. This mosque was built around 1750.
Each mosque has its own color patterns and symbolic style, you can actually start to identify which photo comes from which mosque. For example, in the photograph above you see the bright pink color theme associated with the Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque.
Still, some mosque color patterns remain more similar than others, such as the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque and the Seyyed Mosque, which both use similar tones of blues and yellows throughout.
The photo above was taken in the Shelkh Lotfollah Mosque.
Above, this kaleidoscope of colors belongs to the Seyyed Mosque in Isfahan.