Nasir ol-Molk Mosque | The Game Of Lights And Colors
Nasir ol-Molk Mosque (or the Pink Mosque) is a late 19th century mosque in the city of Shiraz, constructed by the order of the Qajar ruler of the time, Nasir al-Mulk. As one of the top Shiraz attractions, the mosque is one of the famous monuments in Iran, for its exquisite colored glass and tile work.
Unique in its religious atmosphere, Nasir ol-Molk mosque bewitches you from the moment you step inside. Also known as the “pink mosque”, Nasir al-Mulk mosque in Shiraz Iran is a place where light and worship intertwine.
The mosque comes to life with the first rays of the sun and the colors crawl throughout the day like whirling dervishes. Once the sunlight hits the stained glass of the windows, the entire building is flooded by a vibrant rainbow of colours; as a giant kaleidoscope.
Nasir al Mulk mosque Shiraz Iran opening hours and address are included in the end.
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#1 Nasir al-Mulk Mosque History
Nasir ol Molk mosque was built by the order from one of the lords of the Qajar Dynasty (1785 to 1925), Mirza Hasan ‘Ali Nasir al-Mulk, it took 12 years to complete in 1888.
Nasir al-Mulk mosque in its early days didn’t have polychrome glass; they were later added to the windows and doors by carpenter master Haj Mirza Ayat in 1969.
Nasir al Mulk, himself, was one the wealthiest merchants of Shiraz who had a lot of property. He had mostly dedicated his lands for charity works and nowadays, the income of the Nasir ol Molk mosque is given to charity works by the descendants of Nasir al-Mulk.
#2 Nasir al-Mulk Mosque Facts
#1 The structure of Nasir al Molk mosque in Shiraz Iran has survived numerous earthquakes, due in part to its construction using flexible wood as struts within the walls, you can look for the wooden bricks in the iwan columns. (An iwan is a vaulted space that opens on one side to a courtyard).
#2 Also known as “Pink Mosque”, “Mosque of colors,” the “Rainbow Mosque” or the “Kaleidoscope Mosque”.
#3 Nasir ol Mulk mosque has no dome! Which means that back in its days it was not a mosque for public.
#3 Nasir al-Mulk Mosque Architecture
After you Pass the entrance vestibule you step inside a grand rectangular courtyard. The plan of the Nasir al Mulk mosque is a four iwan plan:
Northern Part: The northern iwan or winter side (to use most of the sunlight in cold and short days of winter) is more eye catching than the southern one due to infinite cornice and tile works.
Southern Part: The southern iwan or summer side (to stay in the shadows in hot long summer days) has two minarets.
eastern and western: Arcades are on both western and eastern side. The western arcade’s brick work has more decoration. The turquoise floor, the flowered ceiling, and spiral pillars along with the morning light dazzle your eye.
Nasir ol-Molk Mosque Opening Hours
Everyday 7:30 AM to 7:30 PM (Holidays might affect these hours)