News ID: 302735
Published: 0908 GMT May 04, 2021

Holy shrine of Shah Cheragh in Shiraz

Holy shrine of Shah Cheragh in Shiraz

Shah Cheragh (King of the Light) is a major mausoleum and pilgrimage site in Shiraz in the southern province of Fars.

The holy monument and also mosque is the tomb of Seyyed Mir Ahmad, one of the brothers of Imam Reza (PBUH), the eighth Shia Imam, who died in the 8th century.

It attracts large numbers of pilgrims from Iran and even abroad, especially in the holy month of Ramadan.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting, prayer, reflection and community.

Visiting the shrine can be a somber and, for lack of a better word, religious experience, wrote.

It was built during the reign of Atabakan of Fars (in the Salghurid Dynasty) in the 12th century. The courtyard has two main entrances that are on the north and south side of the monument. There are magnificent tile works in the entrances. Around the yard, there are two-story rooms. Iron columns are covered with exquisite embroidery, wrote.

In the 14th century, Queen Tashi Khatoun (Abu Eshaq King’s mother) commanded to make renovations for the tomb. They built a tall dome and an extensive mausoleum within five years. And right next to the tomb, they built a large school. She also devoted some of the stores near the bazaar to the tomb.

In 1506, King Ismail, the founder of the Safavid Dynasty, did a massive renovation for the tomb. 85 years later, half of the tomb was destructed by an earthquake. Then it was renovated once again under Nader Shah Afshar’s command.

The increasingly sprawling site is still an extremely important pilgrimage location for Muslims, however visitors of any faith are likely to marvel at the sheer beauty of this glassy wonder.

Nearly every surface of the interior of the central temple was covered with glittering shards of glass and mirror.

The Shah Cheragh complex is a mausoleum which houses also the shrine of Muhammad bin Musa, another brother of Imam Reza (PBUH). They were martyred in Shiraz during the Abbasid Caliphate, which also ordered the Imam Reza (PBUH) assassinated.

The Shah Cheragh holy shrine is located in the west of the courtyard and his brother's shrine is located in the northeastern of this place.

The beauty of the monument is increased by use of small colored mirrors, tiling, Persian and Arabic hand-writings in the shrine, wrote. There are some rooms decorated with mosaic tiling around the yard. Iron columns of the shrine decorated with exquisite wood, a large integrated flat roof inlaid with wood and marble pulpit sculpted are the other beauties of this building, wrote.



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