Kaleidoscopic wanderings, the mesmerizing beauty of Nasir al-Mulk mosque in Shiraz – The exterior
Shiraz might not be as big as Tehran nor as filled with world famous attractions as Isfahan (except Persepolis, the historic attraction par excellence), but it doesn’t really matter. Shiraz is the city of poets and nightingales, enough to make it alluring and attract tourists, and its architecture reveals the love for nature and romance. Just like the sophisticated decorations of Nasir al-Mulk mosque shows us.
Colorful, filled with flowers and blessed with a mild climate that makes its citizens cheerful all year long, Shiraz captured me from minute one.
Many are the places I’ve visited and I will write about, but this post, like next one, will be devoted to the utterly beguiling Nasir al-Mulk mosque.
The beauty of this mosque is mesmerizing, and I could barely stop taking pictures of both its exterior and interior. This gallery will focus on the exterior colors and decorations, while next post will highlight its mind-blowing interior.
Dating back to the Qajar era, the mosque was built between 1876 and 1888 under the commission of Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir al Molk following the elegant design of Muhammad Hasan-e-Memar and Muhammad Reza Kashi Paz-e-Shirazi. Featuring the typical details of Qajar art style, such as the sophisticated decoration made of stylized flowers, Arabic scripts and the rose-hued tiles that earned it the moniker of Pink Mosque, a stop in this worship place is a spellbinding experience that can’t be missed by any tourist visiting Shiraz.
Below are some of my pictures from outside the mosque, while next post will bring you inside. Stay tuned!