(Persia Digest) – Nasir al-Molk Mosque is one of the masterpieces of Islamic architecture located in Shiraz, one of the southern cities of Iran. The most remarkable characteristic of the mosque is its stained glass which creates a beautiful rainbow under your feet with the reflection of light on the carpet.

The colorful tilework of the mosque, mostly in pink, has earned it the nickname of Pink Mosque. As it was not common to use pink tiles in Iran’s historical mosques, the pink tilework has given a special reputation to the Nasir al-Molk Mosque.

The construction work of the mosque started in 1876 and lasted for 12 years. The complex includes the mosque, a house, a bathhouse and a cistern. The façade has two large arches decorated with colorful tiles. A large pond is in the middle of the front yard and two large wooden doors are placed a few steps further. You will see the astonishing beauty of the mosque when you enter its main hall where different colors and lights play together.

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Nasir al-Molk Mosque has two shabestan. One is for the summer time and the other for the winter. When you look at the western shabestan ceiling, you will find various floral designs drawn around a number of Quranic verses, while the eastern shabestan ceiling has beautiful tilework.

You will also feel comfort when you look at the marble stones and cyan tiles used in the floor of the altar. The shabestan has seven simple pillars with an arcade of eight arches porch separating the mosque from the yard. The arches are covered with floral and colorful designs decorated with Quranic verses.

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