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.
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.
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.
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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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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.
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.
If you look at the beautiful and mesmerizing images of this place, you will find the answer to your question:
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.
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.
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 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 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 is reported in numerous articles:
You can use public transport or a private car to access this place.
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.
|Spring and summer||from 8:00 to 17:00|
|Autumn and winter||from 7:00 to 16:30|
The required time from this monument is 1-2 hours.
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Nasir al-Mulk Mosque was built during the Qajar Era in the 19th century.
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