The most beautiful mosque in Iran has to be the Nasir al Mulk mosque in Shiraz. Years ago, I’ve seen pictures of this mosque and they were one of the reasons to travel to Iran. This mosque has a beautiful secret which is invisible from the outside. Every morning, rays of light shine through the numerous stained-glass windows and this turns the space into a magical and colorful spectacle. Breathtakingly beautiful! In real life it’s even more beautiful than the pictures portray. How it’s like to visit the Nasir Al Mulk mosque in Iran?
A visit to the Nasir Al Mulk Mosque in Iran!
History of the Nasir Al Mulk mosque in Iran
The Nasir Al Mulk mosque was constructed between 1876 and 1888 and commissioned by the Kadjar leader Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir al Mulk. The designers of the mosque were Hasan-e Memar and Mohammed Reza Kashi Paz-e Shirazi. Nowadays, the mosque is being taken care of by the institution, bearing the same name. The Nasir al Mulk mosque is also known locally as the Pink Mosque, because of the use of beautifully colored pink tiles for the interior.
Why visit the Nasir Al Mulk mosque in Iran?
Stained glass windows have been used extensively in the mosque’s façade. There are also other traditional elements visible. In the morning, the rays of sun shining through the colored window glass make for an unreal image. It has something fairytale-like and shines so nicely on all those colorful carpets. This mosque is very elegant and intimate! The walls and ceiling are nice as well, because they used all kinds of (flower) motives as cover. The mosque thanks its uniqueness to the light inside and justifiably is one of the most photographed buildings in all of Iran.
When to visit the Nasir Al Mulk mosque in Iran?
The Nasir Al Mulk mosque is open throughout the day, but the light spectacle can only be witnessed in the morning. The mosque will open at around 7 in the morning and that is also the best time to visit. There won’t be many tourists around at 7 and you can see the rays of light changing in the next few hours. From 7 to 10 you’ll see the colors become more bright and wide.
The mosque will change its appearance almost every minute and that makes for a unique spectacle. I just sat down for two hours on a nice carpet and just enjoyed the magnificent mosque. I advise everybody to do the same and not just do a quick visit to tick the box.
Entrance and location
• Entrance fee for the mosque is 200.000 Rials, about €6, -.
• The mosque is open from 7:00 to 12:30 and from 15:30 to 18:30.
• Location: Lotf Ali Khan Zand St, Shiraz
There are a few nice hotels to stay in Shiraz, but I really loved my stay in The Niayesh Boutique hotel. Traditional house in the center of Shiraz. Perfect quiet location in the old city. The staff is kind, helpful and speak good English!
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