Step on Nasir-ol Molk mosque to see the pink and the beauty of the Iranian architecture.
why Nasir al-Mulk is Pink Mosque of Shiraz ?
The Nasir al-Mulk Mosque is a traditional mosque in Shiraz, Iran. It is known as the ‘Pink Mosque Because of the usage of considerable pink color tiles for its interior design. Rainbow mosque, mosque of color, Kaleidoscope all describes different interpretations of this fantastic site. The mosque includes extensive colored glass in its facade, and displays other traditional elements such as the Panj Kase (“five concaved”) design.
This place is famous because of elegant photography feature. Actually, its architecture is facinating because of fine Muqarnas work of the small outer portal and Iwan which is located in the North part. All windows covered with pillar and polychrome faience which dazzle the eye when sun streams in.
the best time to visit Nasir al-Mulk opening hours:
The mosque attracts most visitors early in the morning (9am to 11am is best) when the hall and its Persian carpets are illuminated with a kaleidoscope of patterned flecks of light. It makes for a magical experience – and an irresistible photograph. Women’s also can wear chador (piece of colorful tissue) and experience the feel that Iranian Muslims have while praying.
Nasir al-Mulk history:
It was built during Qajar dynasty rule of Iran and is still in use under protection by the Endowment Foundation of Nasir ol Molk. Its Construction began in 1876 by the order of Mirza Hasan Ali (Nasir al Mulk), a Qajar ruler and was completed in 1888.
where is Nasir al-Mulk:
A museum is located exactly in the opposite of prayer hall which opens into the Gav Cha (Cow Well), where cows were used to raise water from the underground Qanat (a traditional construction for providing water in drought areas of Iran).
how Nasir al-Mulk survived from numerous earthquakes ?
The structure has survived numerous earthquakes, due in part to its construction using flexible wood as struts within the walls – look for the wooden bricks in the Iwan columns. It shows that, hundred years ago Iranian people were professional architectures and were aware of Earth hazards.
AS we mentioned above, Nasir-ol molk mosque is a symbole of Qajar architecture. The Qajar art & architecture have not the magnificence and beauty of the previous period, for example some cities like Isfahan, Tabriz and Qazvin was extended and developed in safavid period with grand and unique mosques,schools, Carevansarais and complexes. But in Qajar period some cities like Tehran, Shiraz, Yazd and Kashan was raised by building mosques, bathes and palaces.
The usage of pink and yellow flowers, and most importantly, the Technic of usage of glasses and play with lights in tiles is the most important feature of the mosque.