When it comes to cultural significance, few places in Iran surpass the country’s many mosques. Not only are they important places of worship for residents, but they also have aesthetic appeal. Instagram user m1rasoulifard has made it his mission to curate a visual history of Iran by taking abstract photographs of the ornate interiors that hide behind nondescript facades.

By casting his gaze upward, he invites us to gain an entirely new perspective on the beauty of this ancient nation.

Jameh Mosque, Isfahan, Iran — 900 years old

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran — 397 years old

Holy Shrine of Hazrat Masoumeh, Qom, Iran — 497 years old

Shah Cheragh, Shiraz, Iran — 886 years old

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While the media offers us one image of the Middle East, photographs like these give us a more nuanced view. To see more of m1rasoulifard’s stunning work, follow him on Instagram.

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