Mosques throughout the Muslim world have some of the most intricate and exquisite architecture ever created by mankind. There's too much amazing architecture in them to cover in just one post, so we decided to focus simply on the mosque's ceilings – something the faithful might see when they look up to the heavens.

These images show just how heavily mathematics and geometry featured into Islamic architecture in the Arab world and elsewhere. The repeating perfect spirals and geometric forms are reminiscent of the intricate mandalas found in Buddhist art as well.

Iran is known for its extraordinary collection of stunning mosques, which we wrote about here, but there are beautiful mosques elsewhere as well. We'd love to see your photos of amazing mosque ceilings submitted below and invite you to vote for your favorites!

#2 Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

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MaryOsuzik-Rayman 1 year ago

This one just takes my breath away.....absolutely stunning

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#6 Vakil Mosque, Shiraz

Vakil Mosque, Shiraz

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DebbieReinbeck 1 year ago

Reminds me of M C Escher's work.... love it

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#10 Taj Mahal Mosque Ceiling

Taj Mahal Mosque Ceiling

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TariqAdib 1 year ago

Looks like a White Stripes album cover

#12 Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan

Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan

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BridgetVeldhuis 1 year ago

Colourful, like a kaleidoscope. Beautiful.

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#13 Fatima Masumeh Shrine, Qom, Iran

Fatima Masumeh Shrine, Qom, Iran

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ZulfaRosli 1 year ago

wow!it's a sunflower! very nice inspiration!

#16 Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

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BobDee 1 year ago

Labour for the love of God.

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#18 Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque,Isfahan, Iran

Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque,Isfahan, Iran

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RichiRich 1 year ago

I think that it is a nice patern

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#20 Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

 Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

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AlisonBell 4 months ago

Unbelievable, just mind blowing.

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