Nasir Al-Molk Mosque is one of the beautiful and magnificent historical monuments of Shiraz from the Qajar period, perhaps less known to many. The size of this building compared to other mosques, such as Vakil Mosque or New Shiraz Grand Mosque, is not very large, but in terms of architecture, it is so beautiful and elegantly built that it can be considered one of the architectural masterpieces and tiles of the Qajar period.
The stunning tiling and stone capitals of this mosque are in fact an adaptation of Vakil Mosque. Mirza Mohammad Nasir Forsat Shirazi in “Asar al-Ajam” (Volume 2, Bombay, 1314 AH, p. 731) has written about this mosque as follows: It has two forbidden flowers. “The middle lake is like the Tasnim spring and the Kowsar pool, and its upper chambers are the wife of Arafat Janan.”
History of Nasir Al-Molk Mosque
Nasir Al-Molk Mosque is geographically located in “Good Arab” neighborhood (which was also known as Ishaq Bey neighborhood in the past), located on Lotfali-Khan Zand Street, in Nasir Al-Molk Alley, with an area of 2730 square meters.
The mosque has a beautiful entrance and porch and a large courtyard and two summer and winter naves and has two porches (royal) in the north and south of the courtyard and has been created in a complex of urban buildings in a neighborhood that previously belonged to the Ghavam family. The house of the late Nasir al-Molk, the bath of Nasir al-Molk, the Imamzadeh Zanjiri are located in the western part of the mosque, Hosseinieh and Ghavam School, Ghavam Mosque, Hashemieh School (ancestor of the Ghavam family), Ghavam House, Zinat al-Molk House and a collection of unique historical monuments from the Qajar period.
The late Hassan Ali Nasir al-Molk, one of the nobles and nobles of Shiraz, the son of Mirza Ali Akbar Qawam al-Mulk, the ruler of Persia at the time, began the construction of the mosque in 1293 AH and completed it in 1305 AH. The masters of this building were Professor Mohammad Hassan Memar, Professor Mohammad Reza Kashipaz and Professor Mohammad Hosseini Naghash Shirazi.
This building, which is one of the masterpieces of Iranian historical architecture, was registered in 1344 under number 396 in the list of historical monuments of Iran. Master Hassan Memar, who was one of the famous architects of that time, had built the famous building of Eram Garden before Nasir Al-Molk Mosque. The materials used in the construction of the mosque are mainly brick and plaster, and behind the building is stone, and in the interior and exterior facades are combinations of stone, brick and tile. Pieces of wood were also used in various parts of the walls and quadrangles, and these same woods restrained the building stresses during the earthquake and prevented the walls from splitting and breaking.
Why Nasir Al-Molk Mosque?
Nasir Al-Molk Mosque is one of the most spectacular and different mosques in Iran.
This mosque is very famous due to the presence of colored glass.
The tiles of this mosque are unique in their kind.
The use of pink color in the tiles of this mosque has made its appearance more spectacular and it has been given the title of Pink Mosque .
Architecture of Nasir Al-Molk Mosque
At the entrance of the mosque, what attracts the attention of the visitors is a very large arch, which has been given a beautiful view by the seven-color tiles. The seven colors are from centuries ago, including black, white, yellow, pink, green, turquoise, and azure blue.
The tiles of Nasir Al-Molk Mosque have the most role of flowers and chickens, which was the specialty of Shirazi painters in this design.
The arch of the mosque with its very beautiful moqarnas is another thing that shows the antiquity of the history of Nasir Al-Molk Mosque.
This mosque has two wooden entrance doors, on top of one of which a poem by a poet named Shurideh Shirazi is written on marble. It is said that Shoudeh Shirazi composed this poem on the occasion of the completion year of Nasir Al-Molk Mosque.
This mosque has two naves, which are called the western nave and the eastern nave. The western nave has a brick facade and has a much more beautiful view than the eastern nave. The arch of this nave is located on stone pillars that have a special spiral design. The columns of the western nave are also in two rows of six. In fact, the number of these columns is considered to be the intention of 12 Imams.
Best time to visit
The best time to see the game of color and light in this mosque is before 9:00. Many tourists consider 8:00 to 10:00 a good opportunity to visit Nasir Al-Molk Mosque; Although the crowds at the mosque can be annoying; But it is worth seeing its beautiful colors.
The best time to shoot
If you are looking for a spectacular photo of the western nave of Nasir Al-Molk Mosque, go to Shiraz from mid-autumn to mid-winter, because the sun’s rays create the best lighting conditions for photography these days. Of course, to record a masterpiece, you have to get up early and be in the nursery from 7:00 to 9:00; Because it is the largest volume of light at this time.
If your goal is to capture an amazing image of the Pearl Arch, go to the mosque in the afternoon because the light shines on the Pearl Arch and makes it more beautiful than ever.
Visiting hours of Nasir Al-Molk Mosque in Shiraz
The first six months of the year, the mosque welcomes dear tourists on all days of the week from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM.
The second six months of the year, the mosque welcomes dear tourists on all days of the week from 8 am to 5 pm.
The working hours of Nasir Al-Molk Mosque during the holy month of Ramadan are 8 to 13 in the morning, 13 to 15 at noon with the Holy Quran (just to participate in the ceremony) and 15 to 19 in the evening.
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Where is the address of Nasir Al-Molk Mosque?
Lotfali Khan Zand St., Goodarban neighborhood, at the end of Nasir Al-Molk alley.