Nasir al-Mulk mosque
Nasir al-Mulk mosque, also known as the pink mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Shiraz, which is located near famous Shah Cheragh mosque. Mirza Hasan Ali nicknamed Nasir Al-Molk, one of the great men of the Qajar dynasty ordered to build this mosque.
Mohammad Hassan Memar bulit it with 2212 square meters foundation and its construction period was about 12 years (1914-1926).
The mosque has a large courtyard. All parts of the mosque, including the entrances, seraglio, porches, arches and finials, are full of architectural decorations, tiling, masonry, brickwork and beautiful and impressive colored glass, has made this mosque one of the most beautiful mosques in Iran.
Nasir Al-Molk Mosque or Pink
Nasir Al-Molk Mosque or Pink Mosque has two seraglios. A seraglio, which is located in the west of the building and is called the western seraglio and a seraglio, which is located in the east of the building and is called the eastern seraglio. The western seraglio is covered with clay bricks. Artists of the Qajar period has spent more time on this seraglio and it has more ornaments and patterns, and therefore it is definitely more beautiful.
The western seraglio of Nasir Al-Molk Mosque has an arch that is placed on top of stony pillars. These stony columns are also decorated with a spiral design and are very attractive. These enchanting columns are arranged in two hexagonal rows. The number of these columns is twelve with the intention of our twelve infallible Imams, Shiites. The interesting and astonishing point is that the western seraglio has seven gates and connects these seven gates to the courtyard of the mosque.
Each of these seven gates has a wooden door and is decorated with stained glass. Thus, the descriptions of the cause of the beauty and charm of this architectural masterpiece clearly show themselves. What makes Nasir Al-Molk Mosque famous among tourists are the scenes that you see in these seraglios. All columns of the western seraglio from the ceiling to the windows are spectacular.
As long as you get neck ache you raise your head and watch the tiles, which are really eye-catching. The tiles are full of floral and plant motifs and verses written in the Thuluth. The columns of the western seraglio are two rows of six, the number of which is reminiscent of the twelve Imams. The spirals on the columns always attract the attention of tourists. Between these beautiful columns, there are seven arches that have created an interesting view. Along them you will find the altar, the floor of which is slightly lower than the level of the seraglio and is covered with marble. There are interesting points about the architecture and decoration of the seraglio, such as its stone columns whose stones have been collected and sculpted from the mountains around Shiraz, or the number of its famous windows, which are seven, an allegory of the seven heavens or the seven gates of heaven.