Saturday, 16 June 2012

Iran: Masjid Nasir al-Mulk in Shiraz

The courtyard of Masjid Nasir al-Mulk
Walking back from Naranjestan Museum towards Shiraz city centre, I noted on the map that there is this place called Masjid Nasir al-Mulk, just off the main road that I was walking along. From the outside, the masjid (mosque) looks unassuming, blending in with the rest of the buildings in the area. So unassuming it is, I don’t think any foreign visitor would actually care to venture inside the masjid after looking at it from the outside, especially if they haven’t seen a photo of the inside of the masjid before. And so unassuming it is, it didn't actually cross my mind to take a photo of the masjid from the outside, heh! Upon entering the building however, one would be greeted with a simple courtyard surrounded by beautifully tiled walls and facades that appear to be synonym with old masjids in Iran.

The masjid was built in late 19th century by Nasir al-Mulk, one of the lords during the Qajar Dynasty. Today, it is still very much in use and the general upkeep of the masjid is maintained by its own endowment foundation.

One side of the courtyard is dedicated to a small museum while a prayer hall occupies the other side.
Photo above shows the inside of the museum.

The corridor just outside the museum.

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Mesmerising? No? I just love, love, love looking at the intricacy and details of the work involved here. And these are just from the areas around the courtyard of the masjid. Now let's go inside the prayer hall of the masjid...

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The prayer hall looks a bit small in relation to the whole of masjid area. Perhaps it's designed this way to reflect the place as more of a community centre rather than just a place of worship?

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Unlike many of today's masjids which have uniformed-design-one-piece carpet covering their floor, this masjid uses many carpets of different designs (but still of the same base colour) to cover the floor of its prayer hall. Despite the contrast in the colours of the carpets, columns, walls, the coloured glass windows and the ceiling, everything somehow just blends nicely to give off such a harmonised and peaceful appearance. A perfect setting for a prayer (or two).

Now tell us, what do you think of the masjid?

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  1. Nice..the decorative walls and pillars are breath-taking! You really ronda Iran yek? You should be awarded a Tarbush for that LOL!

    Come check out my little kebaya ;)
    Have a good weekend!

    1. Didn't actually travel much because I just had 7 days in Iran but I did spend quite sometime at some of their places of interest. Really love their architectures :-)

      I'm not sure about tarbush, but would you mind sending over some of that nasi lemak you guys are having today? Haha! ;-)

  2. Hello..lawatan balas...lawatan balas...:) It's been quite a while since i last visited yr blog and all the others....Need to do a lot of catch up readings.. Yeah, just like all the other photos, this mosque also looks empty but as usual, yr photos are lovely.. I don't think Iran is a fav place to visit by many or I might be wrong... Well, i know it's not in my travel list...he..he...but, after looking at all yr lovely photos, i might add it one day, who knows?...:)

    P/s: ha..ha.. agreed with Mrs C, u should be awarded...

    1. Wahh ada lawatan balas! Haha! I actually visited the mosque not during prayer time, so perhaps that's why there were not many people around at the time. There were in fact a few tourists there at the same time but whenever possible, I usually try not to include tourists in my photos :-)

      I concur that Iran may not be at the top of the list as a holiday destination, but then they have never promoted their country as a holiday destination. Like some people who travel to say, India, just to see the Taj Mahal, I went to Iran mainly for Esfahan. But I added Tehran and Shiraz into my itinerary, thinking, "Why not?" and "Might as well".

      Needless to say I came away happy with the decision and now have no problem recommending Iran to others :-) So yes, I think perhaps you should consider including it into your travel bucket list? ;-)

  3. Very beautiful mosque indeed. Banyak masjid yang you pergi, cantik-cantik semuanya.

    Have you been to Grand Mosque in Paris? I love it there just feel safe and at ease. Ada restaurants, ada park, and the weather pun just nice je..

    1. No, I haven't had the chance to visit the Grand Mosque in Paris but I have seen the photos and it looks beautiful too! I would definitely try to make my way there the next time I'm in Paris. In the meantime, I'll wait for you to upload the pix, heheh! ;-)

  4. Thanks for the post! the Nasir al-Mulk Mosque is amazing... I found some beautiful pictures of this Iranian Mosque in Art Days, here is the link! http://www.art-days.com/nasir-al-mulk-mosque-iran/ Enjoy!

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