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.

The courtyard of Nasir ul-Molk mosque in Shiraz

The courtyard of Nasir al-Mulk mosque in Shiraz

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.

More from outside Nasir al-Mulk mosque in Shiraz

More from outside Nasir al-Mulk mosque in Shiraz

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!

Colorful tiles decorate the outside of the mosque

Colorful tiles decorate the outside of the mosque

Muqarna of Nasir alMulk mosque

Muqarna of Nasir alMulk mosque

More from the outside part of Nasir alMulk mosque facing the courtyard

More from the outside part of Nasir alMulk mosque facing the courtyard

The whole muqarna

A view of the whole muqarna of the Pink mosque

Detail of the decoration of the ceiling

Detail of the decoration of the ceiling

Closer detail

Closer detail with heavy pink presence

More from outside the mosque

More from outside the mosque and its beautifully elaborate decorations

Small niche outside the mosque

Small niche outside the mosque

Arabic script always present in mosques

Arabic script always present in mosques

Closer detail of the ceiling outside the mosque

Closer detail of the ceiling outside the mosque

Closer detail of the muqarna

Closer detail of the muqarna

Close detail of the decoration with the typical bright colors of the Qajar art style

Close detail of the decoration with the typical bright colors of the Qajar art style

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10 Comments
  1. Quelle merveille!

  2. Troppo bello! E che colori!

  3. I can’t believe it Anthony Bourdain (an American chef, author, and television personality) came to Iran.

    • I would agree with Madi here, I don’t know what’s so unbelievable that a chef is visiting a country with a rich culinary tradition, maybe he’s looking for tips for his next book ;)

    • It’s quite believable that people are coming to visit Iran these days, because Iranian culture and history is very interesting for many people in the world. Specially those who share an ancient background with us, like Italians.
      BTW, This is the effect of Media, specially the TV. Everybody who goes on TV, becomes famous, whether be a chef or a scientist! After all, He is just another human.

  4. Great photos Angela. I just love each of them and the last one was just creative. I wish I would think of that angle too lol

  5. Muy Bonito

  6. Amazing photos Angela. I really liked them

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