Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque (Pink Mosque)

Iran, Shiraz

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Shiraz is one of the oldest Iranian cities, with a vibrant culture of art and craftsmanship and a rich history, both of which are on spectacular display at the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, one of the most beautiful mosques in Iran.

Shiraz is one of the oldest Iranian cities, with a vibrant culture of art and craftsmanship and a rich history, both of which are on spectacular display at the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, one of the most beautiful mosques in Iran.

Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque is located in the city of Shiraz, and was built in Qajar era by Nasir Al-Mulk. This mosque has two eastern and western bedchambers, and the eastern one has a tiled altar accompanied with 12 columns and windows with colorful glasses. the Pink Mosque was built at the end of the 19th century and its colored tiling (an unusually deep shade of blue) is exquisite.

The mosque attracts most visitors early in the morning (9am to 11am is best) when the hall and its Persian carpets are illuminated with a kaleidoscope of patterned flecks of light. It makes for a magical experience – and an irresistible photograph.

Shiraz is known as the city of poets, literature, wine (despite Iran being an Islamic republic since 1979), and flowers.

Hafez or Hafiz is one of the most famous Gnostics and poets of Iran, who was born in Shiraz in 1315 and passed away 65 years later. Hafez primarily wrote in the literary genre of lyric poetry, or ghazals that are the ideal style for expressing the ecstasy of divine inspiration in the mystical form of love poems. Themes of his ghazals are the beloved, faith, and exposing hypocrisy.

 The tomb of Hafiz also known as Hafizieh is located north of Shiraz and comprises of two gardens.The building split the gardens into two regions, with the orange grove in the front and the cemetery in the back. Many people still come to pay homage to this master of poetry. The mausoleum itself is located in a lovely garden, and has an atmosphere of peace and calm that is quite unique.

 After several renovations, destructions, and constructions during the history, finally, the current pavilion structure was built in 1935. It is designed by the well-known French architect and archaeologist, André Godard, using Zandieh architecture elements.

  • The mosque is open to the public from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM to 7:30 PM (during spring and summer), from 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM and 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM (during autumn and winter)
  • The best time to visit the splendor of light passing through the stained glass in the prayer hall is before 9:00 o’clock AM in Autumn and winter, and before 11:00 o’clock AM in Spring and summer.
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