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IRAN : VISITING MOSQUES IN SHIRAZ

Traveling has been compelling enough for me to accept differences, and to embrace diversities including religion. With acceptance, comes respect. Because of this, it becomes natural for me to involve places of worship in almost all my itineraries. Visiting churches, temples, shrines, and mosques, and learning even a bit of their practices, architecture and history made me more appreciative and grounded.

In my short trip to Shiraz, I brought my feet and senses to 3 Iranian mosques that are frequently visited by locals and tourists for countless reasons. I enjoyed one morning in Nasir ol Molk Mosque, or Pink Mosque, an afternoon in Vakil Mosque, and early evening in Shāh Chérāgh Shrine and mosque.

  • NASIR OL MOLK MOSQUE
  • Why visit ? Nasir ol Molk Mosque is one of the few unique mosques in the world that’s labeled as Pink Mosque. The other 2 are Putra Mosque in Putrajaya, Malaysia and Masjid Dimaukom in Maguindanao, the Philippines. Once the sun rays beam through colourful stained glasses in floral designs, the entire prayer hall of Nasir ol Molk Mosque appears impressive as bright butterflies and vivid lights.
  • When to visit ? Be there early in the morning for you to witness the picturesque light show. The mosque opens at 8AM until 11:30AM and reopens at 2:30AM until 5PM.
  • How much is the admission fee ? 150,000 Iranian Rials (or 4.62 USD) as of time of visit last April 2017.
  • Where ? Fars Province, Shiraz, Lotf Ali Khan Zand St, Iran.
  • Tips : The mosque is not difficult to locate; it’s just a few meters away from the main road, and locals could easily provide you directions, or just point to you its modest looking facade.
  • It’s better to stay near the Nasir ol Molk Mosque, so going there in the morning would not be as taxing as expected. If you must know, I stayed in Parhami traditional guesthouse, where the courtyard and entire rooms are tucked in narrow alleys, that go directly across Nasir ol Molk mosque.

Mosques in Shiraz
Mosques in Shiraz
Mosques in Shiraz
Mosques in Shiraz
Mosques in Shiraz

 

  • VAKIL MOSQUE
  • Why visit ? The mosque is built in the late 18th century during the reign of Karim Khan, founder of Zand dynasty. A quick glance at Wiki, I learned that Vakil means, regent, which was the title accorded to Karim Khan. Vakil Mosque has a vast courtyard and massive prayer hall, supported with almost 50 pillars carved in spirals, each with a capital of acanthus leaves. The sight for me, was hauntingly beautiful!
  • When to visit ? I suggest an afternoon visit. You may visit the bazaar or Pink Mosque in the morning, then Vakil Mosque after lunch.
  • How much is the admission fee ? 150,000 Iranian Rials (or 4.62 USD) as of time of visit last April 2017.
  • Where ?  Situated west side of Vakil Bazaar, and adjacent to Vakil Bath museum.
  • Tips ? Whether you go shopping or visit the mosque first, it’s up to you. *wink*

 

Mosques in Shiraz
Mosques in Shiraz
Mosques in Shiraz
Mosques in Shiraz
Mosques in Shiraz

 

  • SHĀH CHÉRAGH SHIRNE & MOSQUE.
  • Why visit ? It’s one of the most relevant places for Shia Muslims as it houses the tomb of brothers Ahmad and Muhammad, sons of Mūsā al-Kādhim and brothers of ‘Alī ar-Ridhā. It’s also surprising to be in a huge foreign complex that will make you feel so small with the sight of spacious courtyards, large blue domes, precious green marble, ornately carved glass tiles and priceless tick wood.
  • When to visit ? Drop by any time from morning to afternoon, however, simply wait for the free English-speaking-guide from their International Affairs Office. I arrived there by walking a few meters from my accommodation at 5PM with the thought that it might be closed already, but luckily, I was still provided access with free guided tour and annotation of history and some essential facts about Shia Muslims and the place itself. My informative guide even invited me for a cup of tea in their office, but I had to beg off for dinner outside.
  • How much is the admission fee ? Totally free!
  • Where ? A stone’s throw away from the main road in Shiraz.
  • Tips ? Don’t worry, it’s safe!

 

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Mosques in Shiraz
Mosques in Shiraz
Mosques in Shiraz
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Have you been to these mosques? Would you like to share your experiences? 

One Comment

  1. my fave would be the pink mosque! hope to visit it someday 🙂

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