The Imam Mosque, in Isfahan, Iran, is an example of Persian architecture, which shares many characteristics with Moorish architecture. Intricate Arabic calligraphy is visible ringing both the dome and the minaret. The fanciful vines that decorate the mosque's dome are also familiar motifs, or patterns, in Islamic architecture.

Photograph by Thomas J. Abercrombie

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Moorish architecture, like all Islamic architecture, has distinctive motifs: rounded arches, Arabic calligraphy, vegetative design, and decorative tiles.