Beauty and Symmetry Collide in Stunning Photographs of Mosque Architecture

nasir-almulk fisheye - Shiraz

Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji is a 23-year-old physics student at Mazandaran University, and yet, you’ve probably seen his photography floating around the Internet as of late.

That’s because, when he’s not studying, Ganji is capturing truly stunning photographs of the colorful, architecturally gorgeous interiors of historical Mosques throughout the Middle East.


Don’t let Ganji’s main occupation fool you, as the photographs here show, he’s one heck of a photographer. Using wide angle lenses, fisheye lenses and panoramic photography techniques he has traveled to some of the most historically significant mosques in and around his home country of Iran to capture the kaleidoscope-like architecture inside.

Beautiful arches, colorful stained glass windows and intricate mosaics greet you from every angle, and while we’ve included a number of his most beautiful photos here, you’ll find you can lose yourself inside a single photo for minutes at a time.

Here’s a look at some of the photographs that Ganji was kind enough to share with us:

Aliqoliagha Bath - Isfahan - 2013

Chehel Sotoun Palace - Isfahan- 2014

Aliqapu palace( music hall) - Isfahan

Jameh mosque of yazd - Yazd

Nasir Al-mulk Mosque- Shiraz - 2013

Shah(Emam ) Mosque - Isfahan - 2014

Columns Colors and Light - Nasir al-mulk mosque - Shiraz - 2013

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque - Dome - Isfahan

Vakil Bathhouse -Shiraz

Vakil Mosque - Cieling

Vakil Mosque - Shiraz - 2013

vakil- Bath - Shiraz

“In my photography, I always try to study the place or first be there and feel it to see what are special about it,” he told us over email. “What I do in my pictures is to focus on these elements and deliver them to someone who sees my photos at a very first look. For me, fist sight in very important. I wanna they say ‘Wow! It is amazing!'”

To that end, we have to say he’s largely succeeded.

To see more of Ganji’s photography or if you’d like to follow along as he continues to take beautiful pictures, head over to his website or give him a follow on 500px and/or Facebook.

Image credits: Photographs by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji and used with permission

  • OtterMatt

    I actually have a hard time looking at some of those. My mind just doesn’t like to bend that way.

  • Kynikos

    Beautiful Symbols of Pure Evil.

  • Thekaph

    Beautiful, although I needed some time to adapt. I really like the postprod.

  • Thekaph

  • Mojo

    They excel in architecture and beheadings.

  • Burnin Biomass

    Color me VERY impressed by these images! Excellent work!

  • mthouston

    Thank You Moderator

  • Burnin Biomass

    I second that!

  • Thekaph

    I agree. Does the “Flag as inappropriate” work?

  • DLCade

    If enough people flag a comment, yes. Although we do our best to keep an eye on the thread and bring the ban hammer down when necessary so ridiculous and hateful comments are removed quickly.

  • bob cooley

    Agreed – thank you!

  • bob cooley

    I have to say, this is one of the few times I’ve seen HDR I can really dig. Nice work.

  • Thekaph

    Thank you :)

  • Rob Elliott

    I love these images. thanks for sharing this here :)

  • Renato Murakami

    Surrealisticaly awesome! Or is it mathematically?

  • Mark N

    Very well done! Beautiful buildings, I must say.

  • Battlespeed

    Breathtaking! One critique on the 4th from the top. We see light entering a very small upper window at about 11 o’clock, striking the opposite wall at about 3:15 o’clock, which bounces into a smear of light at about 4:45-5:30 o’clock. It would have only been necessary to wait a brief period (given the size of the entrance portal) to avoid these artifacts, or, alternatively, shoot the picture on a slightly overcast day.

  • Jenna Shada

    Awesome pictures! Love this