The city of Shiraz in Iran is one known for many things. Some of Iran’s most celebrated poets, including Saadi and Hafez, are from this city. In addition, Shiraz is in the center of the Persian homeland and also close to the ancient capitals of the Persian empires, including Pasargadae, Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid or Parsa) and Firuzabad. And of course, it is filled with beautiful buildings and palaces from ancient times up to today.
An example of this is the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque in Shiraz. This building is truly an architectural wonder. It was commissioned under Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir al Molk during the time of the Qajar dynasty in 1876 and not completed until 1888. The designers and architects were Muhammad Hasan-e-Memar and Muhammad Reza Kashi Paz-e-Shirazi.
What makes the mosque unique is its extensive use or colored glass (a lot of it pink) and the way these are used to display traditional Persian and Islamic patterns. The way that the glass also interacts with the light is truly stunning as well.
The mosque is currently preserved by the Nasir Al-Molk Endowment Foundation.
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