Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque; the Celebration of Color and Light

After our articles about the holy places in Shiraz like the Vakil mosque and Shah-e Cheragh shrine, now it is time to talk about another spectacular mosque in this city that is unsurpassed in the world. Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque is a perfect place in Shiraz that should not be missed. In this article from Leaveabode, we will take you on a spiritual journey through the beauties of Nasir Al-Molk, the Pink Mosque, its history and the best time to visit.

Monument NameNasir al-Mulk Mosque, Nasir al-Molk mosque, Masjed-e Nasir ol-Molk, Pink Mosque, Masjed-e Surati, مسجد نصیر الملک‎, مسجد صورتی
Contact No.+98(0)7132241661
Monument CategoryMosque
WebsiteNasir al-Mulk Mosque
CityShiraz
Coordinates29°36′31″N 52°32′54″E

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque is an awe-inspiring architecture in Shiraz, Iran.You may have seen so many mosques and wonder if another one is worth a visit. Nasir Al-Molk Mosque changes your perception of what a mosque should be. Nasir al-Mulk Mosque is an awe-inspiring architecture in Shiraz, Iran. This building, also known as the Pink Mosque, is full of pink tiles and colourful glasses that celebrate the light.

There are many mosques in Iran that are both historically and architecturally remarkable, but among all these, Nasir ol-Molk Mosque is one of the places that are definitely on top of the long visit list of Shiraz travelers.

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque is famous for its stunning unique combination of Shirazi seven-color mosaics and stained-glass windows that create an array of colors.The Pink Mosque is 2980 square meters and it was built during the Qajar period in the 19th century. When Nasir al-Mulk was built in 1888, it was specially designed to take advantage of the morning light. Perhaps the designers of this mosque wanted to show their faith by the morning light shining through these stained glasses.

To visit this mosque, take part in one of the Shiraz Mosque Tour, Shiraz city Tour, Shiraz walking Tour of Leaveabode. You will be accompanied by a local Shirazi tour guide who will tell you about the customs of this city.

As you enter the yard, the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque seems like a simple place of worship - but its colorful secret is gorgeously hidden to dazzle the visitor’s eye.As you enter the yard, the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque seems like a simple place of worship - but its colorful secret is gorgeously hidden to dazzle the visitor’s eye. It is famous for its stunning unique combination of Shirazi seven-color mosaics and stained-glass windows that create an array of colors. The mosaics are in blue, yellow, pink, azure and white. When you stand in front of two magnificent wooden doors of the mosque and raise your head, the large arched muqarnas catch your eye. Its seven-colored tiles are not different from other mosques, but the presence of the pink color is highlighted in this mosque. The color of all the tiles in this building have natural sources.

 

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Why Nasir al-Mulk Mosque is so famous?

Nasir al-Molk is most known for its colorful windows.Nasir al-Molk is most known for its colorful windows. Early morning, when the sun passes through the windows, it is filtered by the stained glasses that create a rainbow of colors highlighting the tiles and Persian carpets in the interior. The celebration of colors makes you sit there for hours, stare at the stained glasses and take pictures. Even if you are the least religious person, here you might feel your hands coming together in prayer when you see the dance of the light.

When the Pink Mosque was built in Shiraz?

The construction of Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque started in 1914 by the order of the ruler of Fars province who was named Nasir Al-Mulk.The construction of Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque started in 1914 by the order of the ruler of Fars province and was named Nasir Al-Mulk. He was eager to leave a lasting legacy before his death. For this purpose, two prominent Iranian architects worked together to build this magnificent mosque.

These two architects, known as “Mirza Reza Kashigar” and “Haj Mohammad Hassan Memar”, worked to the utmost of their art in building this superb Mosque in Shiraz, and after 12 years the building was completed.

The colored glasses of this mosque had been the last decoration part, like a lost piece, these pieces of glass turned the Nasir al-Molk Mosque in Shiraz into the same work that Mirza Hassan Ali Khan dreamed of building: a magnificent and lasting masterpiece that you can visit today.

Why visiting Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque is recommended?

Nasir al-Mulk is an unrivalled place of worship where you feel calm and near to God.If you look at the beautiful and mesmerizing images of this place, you will find the answer to your question:

  • Nasir al-Molk is a famous tourist attraction in Shiraz.
  • Nasir al-Mulk is an unrivalled place of worship where you feel calm and near to God.
  • The spectacular pink color mosaics, stained glasses and muqarnas of this mosque are what should be visited.
  • It is a perfect place for photography.

When is the best time to visit Nasir al-Mulk mosque?

If you're able to visit the mosque, make sure you go early for the best view. You can only see the light through the stained glass in the early morning. It was built to catch the morning sun so that if you visit at noon it will be too late to catch the light.

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The architecture of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque

Nasir Al-Molk Mosque has a large courtyard which is located on the north side of the mosque.Nasir Al-Molk Mosque has a large courtyard which is located on the north side of the mosque. This appreciated mosque has several different sections, each one is cherished with the art and design.

Entrance to Nasir al-Molk Mosque

The entrance has a large arch decorated with seven-colours tiles. The entrance gate consists of two large wooden doors, designed on top by the poem of Shorideh, the Shirazi famous poet. The year of the construction and the completion of the mosque is carved on a marble plate above the gate.

The western Shabestan of Nasir al-Mulk Mosque

The western shabestan called the winter shabestan has a brick facade and has more beautiful architecture. nasir al-mulkThe mosque has two east and west shabestans. The western shabestan called the winter shabestan has a brick facade and has more beautiful architecture. The arch of this shabestan is on two rows of 6 stone columns with a spiral design. These 12 columns are in remembrance of the twelve Imams of Shia Islam. The shabestan also has seven gates with seven wooden doors and colorful glass that connect it to the courtyard of the mosque.

The eastern shabestan of Nasir ol-Molk Mosque

The floor of the Nasir al-Mulk shabestan is decorated with turquoise tiles.The masonry and decoration of this shabestan are inspired by Vakil Mosque and Moshir Mosque in Shiraz. The arches and walls of the shabestan are decorated with beautiful tiles of floral and Islamic motifs as well as the verses of the Qur'an in thuluth. The floor of the shabestan is decorated with turquoise tiles. This shabestan is actually a summer shabestan.

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque in the books

The image of Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz is also placed on the cover of the book "Man-made Wonders of the World".Nasir al-Mulk mosque is reported in numerous articles:

  • The New York-based Condé Nast travel magazine, in its article “19 Sacred Sites Around the World, From Ancient Churches to Hilltop Temples” selected the Pink Mosque or "Nasir al-Mulk" in Shiraz as its main image of this list.
  • The image of Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz is also placed on the cover of the book "Man-made Wonders of the World". The author writes in the introduction of the book: “Reading this book is like traveling to the world, not only in the present but also in the past, because the root of many wonders lies in antiquity.”
  • The mosque is so dazzling that the Huffington Post reported an article on this Mosque: “In Nasir al-Mulk when you look at the facade of the mosque from the outside, at first glance you may see nothing but an ordinary religious building; But the truth is that a world of color is hidden in the heart of Nasir al-Mulk.”

What to visit after Nasir Al-Molk Mosque in Shiraz?

What hotels are near Nasir Al-Molk Mosque in Shiraz?

  • Narenjestan Hotel: 170 meters
  • Heydari Hotel: 210 meters
  • Raz traditional hotel: 400 meters
  • Suvashun traditional hotel: 500 meters
  • What hotels are near Nasir Al-Molk Mosque in Shiraz?Lotfali Khan Hotel: 500 meters

What restaurants are close to Nasir Al-Molk Mosque in Shiraz?

  • Sultan Restaurant: 160 meters
  • Chahar Fasl Restaurant: 350 meters
  • Dash Akol Restaurant: 500 meters

 

Don't forget to book a tour to Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque

Know Before You Go

The best way is to take part in one of Shiraz Mosque Tour, Shiraz city Tour, Shiraz walking Tour of Leaveabode.

You can use public transport or a private car to access this place.

  • By Metro: The closest metro station to the mosque is Valiasr station, which is about 1.5 km away. Then, you can take a taxi or walk to the mosque.
  • By Bus: If you intend to use the bus, take the Valiasr-Namazi buses and get off at Moshir crossroads station.

Nasir Al-Molk Mosque is located in Goodarban district and Lotfali Khan Zand Street of Shiraz, Iran.

Visiting hours of Nasir Al-Molk Mosque is different in a year. If you’re able to visit the mosque, make sure you go early for the best view. You can only see the light through the stained glass in the early morning. It was built to catch the morning sun so that if you visit at noon it will be too late to catch the light.

Seasons
Hours
Spring and summerfrom 8:00 to 17:00
Autumn and winterfrom 7:00 to 16:30

The required time from this monument is 1-2 hours.

  • 1 April
  • 4 May
  • 14 & 15 May
  • 4 & 5 & 7 June
  • 18 & 19 August
  • 6 & 7 October

The dates may be changeable so get in touch with us for recent information. info@leaveabode.com

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque was built during the Qajar Era in the 19th century.

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6 thoughts on “Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz”

  1. Nasir ol-molk mosque is different from what you have seen before! Visiting the mosque in the morning with proper light is very impressive. A small mosque for the needs of the people of the neighborhood, full of mysticism and very colorful. If you are lucky and there are not many tourists there, you can really enjoy your visit. Find a quiet corner, sit on the carpets and enjoy the celebration of colors.

    • leaveabode July 7, 2022

      This mosque is quite different from the other mosques in Iran.

  2. Amazing place for taking photos! This mosque is beautifully a combination of colors and excellent architecture. It is better to visit early in the morning to enjoy the calm atmosphere and the first rays of sunshine that magically come into the camera frame. Have a good visit to Nasir mosque.

  3. It is stunning and Spectacular. You should visit Nasir al-Molk mosque early in the morning. Please treat this place with respect, wear appropriate clothes and do not speak loudly inside!

    • leaveabode July 7, 2022

      Nasir Al-Mulk is a mosque, so you are right, it should be respected.

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