(Persia Digest) – Vakil is one of Iran’s historic mosques located in Shiraz.
Karim Khan Zand, a king of the Zandieh Dynasty, built many grand valuable buildings, leaving a priceless legacy behind. Vakil Mosque, Vakil Baths, and Vakil Bazaar are known as the Vakil Complex, dating back to this era. Based on documents, the mosque was built in 1773 CE.
The mosque entrance opens onto a hexagonal hallway adorned with a tiled ceiling depicting flowers and plants and the Quranic verse ‘There is no God but Allah’ in kufic script.
A colonnade with 48 posts carved exquisitely attracts much attention in the building. The stone carvings add to their splendor of the columns and double as load-bearers for the vast shabestan ceiling.
The mosque’s large surface area and architectural style have made this the most popular monument in Shiraz, Fars Province. It was registered as a National Heritage of Iran in 1932.
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