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Nasir Al-Mulk, The Pink Masque Of Shiraz

 

The Nasir al-Mulk Mosque or Pink Mosque is a traditional mosque in Shiraz, Iran. The mosque was built during the Qajar era, and is still in use under protection by Nasir al Mulk's Endowment Foundation. It was built by the order of Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir al Molk, one of the lords of the Qajar Dynasty, in 1876 and was finished in 1888. The designers were Muhammad Hasan-e-Memar and Muhammad Reza Kashi Paz-e-Shirazi.
There are numerous mosques all around the world. Each has a design of its own. However, in order to be distinctive from other mosques, a mosque needs to be unique and possess outstanding features. One such mosque is The Nasīr al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran. From outside it looks like a conventional mosque, but inside there is something more!
The mosque is called by many different names. Mostly known as the "Pink Mosque”, it is also called the "Mosque of colours,” the "Rainbow Mosque” or the "Kaleidoscope Mosque”. This is a space where light and worship intertwine. The mosque comes to life with the sunrise and colours dance throughout the day like whirling dervishes. It reflects on the ground, walls, the arches and the towering spires. It even reflects on the visitors as if a colourful ball is hit by the first sun ray and explodes to thousands of butterflies all around.

Nasir Al-Mulk, The Pink Masque Of Shiraz

 

The original name of the mosque in Persian is Masjed-e Naseer ol Molk. sources mention it as an ordinary Iranian mosque; however, the interior hides an impressive piece of architecture and design.Built by the order from one of the lords of the Qajar Dynasty, Mirza Hasan ‘Ali Nasir al-Mulk, it took 12 years to complete in 1888. Its interior reveals a magnificent masterpiece of design with stunning colours.
The designers Muhammad Hasan-e-Memar and Muhammad Reza Kashi Paz-e-Shirazi used extensively stained glass on the façade and other traditional elements such as panj kāseh-i (five concaves), which create a breath taking effect of the interior like standing in a kaleidoscope. Once the sunlight hits the stained glass, the entire building is flooded by a vibrant rainbow of colours. In popular culture, the mosque is also called Pink Mosque, because its tiles are beautifully decorated with a pre-eminently pinkish rose colour.
 

Nasir Al-Mulk, The Pink Masque Of Shiraz

 

Today this gorgeous mosque is still in use under protection by Nasir al Mulk's Endowment Foundation. Built in late 19th century, not very new and not very old, it is a celebration of both classic and modern times embedded in Islamic heritage. Speaking of this heritage, it has roots in Islamic art, architecture, tile making, geometry, patterns and other arts that flourished in the Golden Age of Islam.
 

Nasir Al-Mulk, The Pink Masque Of Shiraz

 

Nasir Al-Mulk, The Pink Masque Of Shiraz

 

Nasir Al-Mulk, The Pink Masque Of Shiraz

 

Restoration, protection and maintenance of this monument, observing all international standards on historical places, has duly begun and is continuing by The Nasir Al-Molk Endowment Foundation. This foundation is one of the largest in Fars Province and is under the administration of Mr. Mahmood Ghavam. The foundation actively devotes most of its yearly income towards feeding the poor during and after the religious ceremonies of Muharram and Safar and towards the renovation and upkeep of the mosque.
 

Nasir Al-Mulk, The Pink Masque Of Shiraz

 

Nasir Al-Mulk, The Pink Masque Of Shiraz

 

Nasir Al-Mulk, The Pink Masque Of Shiraz

 

Nasir Al-Mulk, The Pink Masque Of Shiraz

 

Nasir Al-Mulk, The Pink Masque Of Shiraz

 

Nasir Al-Mulk, The Pink Masque Of Shiraz

 

Nasir Al-Mulk, The Pink Masque Of Shiraz

 

Geocoding: 29°36′31″N,52°32′54″E

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