1149 GMT April 21, 2021
The usage of beautiful rose-colored tiles in the interior design earned the mosque the nickname Pink Mosque in popular culture. Though it's located close to other incredible mosques like Shah Cheragh, Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque stands apart due to its use of stained glass, which is not commonly part of mosque architecture.
Located in Shiraz, in the central Iranian province of Fars, this mosque was built from 1876 to 1888 by the order of one of the Qajar Dynasty lords. Construction began in 1876 by the order of the late Hassan Ali Nasir-ol-Molk, one of the lords and aristocrats of Shiraz, the son of Mirza Ali Akbar Qavam-ol-Molk, the ruler of Fars and was completed in 1888. The beautiful structure was designed by Mohammad Hasan-e Memar and Mohammad Reza Kashi Paz-e Shirazi.
It's not just the interior that makes a lasting impression. In addition to the glorious display of light and color through the stained glass, the mosque features other striking elements of design and architecture, including intricate geometric tile designs, painted arches and niches, and spectacular domes. The exterior is equally impressive with an open courtyard that features a long, rectangular reflecting pool. The stunning tile work in pink, blue, and yellow hues helps create an uplifting and opulent atmosphere for worship.
Given all this, it's no wonder that the majestic atmosphere makes the Pink Mosque one of the most visited sites in Iran. Those looking to take a peek themselves will want to visit in the morning, when the Sun's rays are particularly impactful – just be aware of the large crowds you'll face.