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!

#1

Fatima Masumeh Shrine, Qom, Iran

Fatima Masumeh Shrine, Qom, Iran

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karimgalal 4 years ago

That is amazing

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Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

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MaryOsuzik-Rayman 4 years ago

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

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Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

 Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

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MayaAb 4 years ago

Breathtaking!!!

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Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

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JackieSark 4 years ago

wow

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#5

Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque,Isfahan, Iran

Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque,Isfahan, Iran

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ZulqiurnainKhan 4 years ago

Good

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#6

Vakil Mosque, Shiraz

Vakil Mosque, Shiraz

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DebbieReinbeck 4 years ago

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

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#7

Shah Mosque , Isfahan, Iran

Shah Mosque , Isfahan, Iran

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TauheedSaeed 4 years ago

amazing

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#8

Jalil Khayat Mosque, Arbil, Iraq

Jalil Khayat Mosque, Arbil, Iraq

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MayaAb 4 years ago

Stunning!!

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#9

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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AlisonBell 3 years ago

Oh wow, so beautiful!

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#10

Taj Mahal Mosque Ceiling

Taj Mahal Mosque Ceiling

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TariqAdib 4 years ago

Looks like a White Stripes album cover

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#11

Grand Mosque of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

Grand Mosque of Isfahan, Isfahan, Iran

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MaryOsuzik-Rayman 4 years ago

so beautiful

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#12

Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan

Wazir Khan Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan

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BridgetVeldhuis 4 years 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 4 years ago

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

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#14

Al Soltan Qalawoon Mosque, Cairo, Egypt

Al Soltan Qalawoon Mosque, Cairo, Egypt

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AhmedMarsh 4 years ago

nice abd elrahman goooooo ahead

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#15

Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz, Iran

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AlizHorváth 4 years ago

Beautiful

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#16

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

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BobDee 4 years ago

Labour for the love of God.

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#17

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

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ZitaPita 4 years ago

Lots of cervixes.

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#18

Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque,Isfahan, Iran

Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque,Isfahan, Iran

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RichiRich 4 years ago

I think that it is a nice patern

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#19

Bahaud-Din Naqshband Mausoleum, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

Bahaud-Din Naqshband Mausoleum, Bukhara, Uzbekistan

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AlisonBell 3 years ago

Absolutely beautiful

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#20

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

 Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

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AlisonBell 3 years ago

Unbelievable, just mind blowing.

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#21

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

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Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

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#23

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

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#24

Selimiye, Edirne- Turkey

Selimiye, Edirne- Turkey

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BaşarYatır 4 years ago

The masterpiece of Sinan.

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#25

Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran

Sheikh Lutf Allah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran

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kombizz 2 years ago

beautiful architecture

#26

Ali Ibn (ebne) Hazem Holly Shrine. Shiraz, Iran

Ali Ibn (ebne) Hazem Holly Shrine. Shiraz, Iran

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ChristineHart 4 years ago

I think if there wasn't so much tention going on in this country I'd love to visit and see such glory and beauty.

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#27

Jame Mosque of Yazd, Yazd, Iran

Jame Mosque of Yazd, Yazd, Iran

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#28

Mihrab Dome, Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain

Mihrab Dome, Mezquita, Cordoba, Spain

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#29

Dom Of The Rock Mosque, Jerusalem, Palestine

Dom Of The Rock Mosque, Jerusalem, Palestine

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kombizz 2 years ago

lovely place in Free Palestine

#30

Alahambra, Granada, Spain - Liba Ws

Alahambra, Granada, Spain - Liba Ws

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#31

Registan, Uzbekistan

Registan, Uzbekistan

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#32

Imam Khomeini Mosque, Isfahan, Iran

Imam Khomeini Mosque, Isfahan, Iran

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#33

Iranian Mosque

Iranian Mosque

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BernardoMartinsdeAlmeida 4 years ago

This is not a mosque. It's Borujerdi House in Kashan! It's amazing!

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#34

Blue Mosque, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Turkey

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#35

Magic Mihrab

Magic Mihrab

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#36

Land Of Colours ( The Nasir Al-mulk Mosque Or Pink Mosque )

Land Of Colours ( The Nasir Al-mulk Mosque Or Pink Mosque )

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#37

Shiraz, Iran

Shiraz, Iran

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#38

Mosque In Morocco

Mosque In Morocco

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#39

Tori Kori Madrasah, Samarkand

Tori Kori Madrasah, Samarkand

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#40

The Arch At The Entrance Of Temur's Mausoleum In Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The Arch At The Entrance Of Temur's Mausoleum In Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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Jawed Iqbal 5 months ago

wow what a wonderful design

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#41

Bahrain Mosque

Bahrain Mosque

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kombizz 2 years ago

nice work

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#42

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, Uae

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, Uae

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kombizz 2 years ago

lovely chandelier

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#43

Iran Yazd Jama Musque

Iran Yazd Jama Musque

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kombizz 2 years ago

nice

#44

Iran Isfahan Shikh Lotfollah Mosque

Iran Isfahan Shikh Lotfollah Mosque

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#45

Ruhobod Mosque, Samarkand

Ruhobod Mosque, Samarkand

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#46

Amman, Jordan

Amman, Jordan

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#47

Cairo, Egypt

Cairo, Egypt

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#48

Keyseri Mosque, Gorazde - Bosnia And Herzegovina

Keyseri Mosque, Gorazde - Bosnia And Herzegovina

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ŠemsudinVatreš 4 years ago

Mashallah so beautiful prelijepa

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#49

The Ceiling Inside The Mausoleum Of Amir Taimur, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The Ceiling Inside The Mausoleum Of Amir Taimur, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

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#50

Shah Jahan Mosque, Thatha, Pakistan.

Shah Jahan Mosque, Thatha, Pakistan.

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kombizz 2 years ago

sweet

#51

Sultan Ahmet Camii (blue Mosque) Istanbul

Sultan Ahmet Camii (blue Mosque) Istanbul

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#52

Ayah Sophia, Istanbul

Ayah Sophia, Istanbul

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BarbarosYıldız 4 years ago

This wasn't Islamic. It was Byzantine...

#53

Selimiye Mosque, Edirne , Turkey

Selimiye Mosque, Edirne , Turkey

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#54

Suleymaniye, Istanbul, Turkey

Suleymaniye, Istanbul, Turkey

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Kathereenah Repina 4 years ago

Suleymaniye http://instagram.com/p/uvzsMEpTZ4/?modal=true

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#55

Mosque, Tehran, Iran

Mosque, Tehran, Iran

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kombizz 2 years ago

nice

#56

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

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#57

Selimiye Mosque, Edirne, Turkey

Selimiye Mosque, Edirne, Turkey

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#58

Al Saleh Mosque - Sana'a - Yemen

Al Saleh Mosque - Sana'a - Yemen

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#59

Royal Graves At Cairo , Egypt

Royal Graves At Cairo , Egypt

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#60

Bajram Pasha Isa Beg Mosque, Mitrovice, Kosove.

Bajram Pasha Isa Beg Mosque, Mitrovice, Kosove.

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kombizz 2 years ago

lovely green ceiling

#61

Al Saleh Mosque - Sana'a - Yemen

Al Saleh Mosque - Sana'a - Yemen

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#62

Vakil Mosque Entrance, Shiraz, Iran.

Vakil Mosque Entrance, Shiraz, Iran.

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#63

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, Uae

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, Uae

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#64

Sheikh Zayed Frand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, Uae

Sheikh Zayed Frand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, Uae

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#65

Grand Mosque, Cordoba, Spain

Grand Mosque, Cordoba, Spain

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#66

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, Uae

Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Abu Dhabi, Uae

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#67

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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#68

Al Fateh Mosque, Bahrain

Al Fateh Mosque, Bahrain

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#69

Shaikh Zayed Mosque, Abo Dhabi

Shaikh Zayed Mosque, Abo Dhabi

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#70

Real Alcázar, Sevilla, Spain

Real Alcázar, Sevilla, Spain

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#71

Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan

Badshahi Mosque, Lahore, Pakistan

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#72

Vakil Mosque, Shiraz, Iran.

Vakil Mosque, Shiraz, Iran.

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#73

Kul Sharif Mosque, Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia

Kul Sharif Mosque, Kazan, Tatarstan, Russia

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Elif dengel 3 months ago

Tataristan is not a place in Russia! I’s a country!!

#74

Al Fateh Mosque, Bahrain

Al Fateh Mosque, Bahrain

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#75

Nasir Al-mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

Nasir Al-mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

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