Spending almost an entire morning inside a place of worship, that’s built not even for my own religion became one of my most remarkable travel experiences to date! I reckon, it’s an extraordinary and unforgettable moment that’s worth sharing. Although, I’ve already been to a few impressively stunning mosques in the world (Masjid Putra or the pink-domed mosque built in a man-made lake in Putrajaya. Malaysia, Sultanahmet Camii or Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey, and Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi, UAE), a trip to Shiraz, Iran, even from half-way across the globe, is all worth it upon the sight of the wonders of Nasir ol Molk Mosque.
I woke up early with so much anticipation and excitement of what an unfamiliar place would give me. I was thankful that I found and opted to stay in a traditional Iranian guesthouse, which is so proximal to most of my itineraries in Shiraz. Frankly, I only had to walk across the street from my accommodation to reach the Nasir ol Molk Mosque! It truly saved efforts, time and money to get there, and enabled me to be one of the first few tourists to experience the magic of Pink Mosque!
Following a quick glance at Wiki, I read that the frequently visited Nasir ol Molk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran, was designed by Mohammad Hasan-e-Memār, an Iranian architect, and Mohammad Rezā Kāshi-Sāz-e-Širāzi. It’s usually called, Pink Mosque because of the pink colored tiles that were used in its interiors. Completed in 1888, it was built by the order of Mirzā Hasan Ali (Nasir ol Molk), a Qajar ruler, and has been protected by Endowment Foundation of Nasir ol Molk.
While the facade and the courtyard were quite modest and simple, and it has the typical elements found in most Islamic architectures, the distinctive and outstanding features of Nasir ol Molk Mosque can be seen from its interiors.
As soon as the morning sunlight starts to illuminate and shine through the mosque’s richly coloured stained glass windows, a myriad of floral shades begin to reflect on walls with geometric paintings and scriptures, then fall on Persian carpet-covered floor. Witnessing a bursts of vivid colours that also reminds me of butterflies and rainbows, is absolutely breathtaking! That one of a kind visual feast is incredibly enchanting and otherworldly! It seems like a celebration of lights and appreciation of colours in a space meant for expression of faith.
Armed with (an iphone7,) my Fuji XA2 and a tripod, below are my photographs taken from Nasir ol Molk Mosque, including my shameless self-portraits, and photos of a pretty female model who was doing their own photoshoot with her friends (She nodded at me when I asked permission to shoot along with other photographers there). If you must know, photographs below that were taken inside the mosque were shot between 7:30AM and 9:30AM. Also, kindly note of a few photos below that show other tourists, who like me, would do any poses just to get that next Instagram-worthy pic. *wink*
Nasir ol Molk Mosque | Fars Province, Shiraz, Lotf Ali Khan Zand St, Iran | Visiting hours : 7:30AM – 11:30AM and 2:30PM – 5:00PM | Entrance fee : 150,000 Iranian Rials (4.60 USD).
Have you been to Nasir ol Molk Mosque? How was your experience?
Special thanks to @worldnomads on IG for featuring one of my photos from Pink Mosque!
"Overwhelmed by the magic of Pink Mosque or Nasir ol Molk in Shiraz, Iran. I'm thankful that I'm staying at a traditional Persian guesthouse that's located right across Pink Mosque. It was effortless to visit any time but I made sure I'm there when it opened at 7:30AM; when there's less tourists & the sun rays start to pierce through those colorful stained glass windows" 📸@iamdocgelo