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And this tradition of breathtakingly decorated places of worship goes back centuries there. Some of the country’s magnificent-looking mosques – the Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque in the city of Isfahan, for example – are 400 years old or more, yet are still standing and still inspiring wonder in those who see them.

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And striking patterns like these are not just for show, either. Indeed, they also have significant meaning in the context of the mosque itself.

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For example, mosques both in Iran and around the world frequently possess grandiose domes – such a feature is known in Arabic as a qubba or qubbat. And while a dome is not a compulsory part of a mosque as defined by Islamic ritual, it nevertheless still has its own religious import.

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