Spirituality leads to wonders and self-revelation needs a spot where you can connect to God, your quest ends when u see a wonder built in Qajar era situated in Shiraz, Iran specifically located in Goad-e-Araban place. This mosque is still in use under protection by Nasir al Mulk’s Endowment Foundation. The designers of this spectacular mosque were Muhammad Hasan-e-Memar and Muhammad Reza Kashi Paz-e-Shirazi. “The supreme Iranian art, in the proper meaning of the word, has always been its architecture.” says Arthur Pope, a pioneering American expert on Iranian art. The elegant design and minor details of this mosque extensively uses colored glass in its facade, and it displays other traditional elements such as panj kaseh-i (five concaves) in its design. It is also named in popular culture as Pink Mosque due to the usage of beautiful pink color tiles for its interior design. The other title of the mosque is Rose Mosque, due to the pink and rose color tile works used in the structure.
The architecture of pink mosque is dignified, magnificent and impressive. The arches, tile work mosaics and the very round domes of this mosque are yet another reflection of the post Islamic method of building structures in Iran. Iranian architecture has a history from at least 5000 BC to the present which significantly inspired the architecture in India, Turkey and Tajikistan to Zanzibar.
Various buildings and complexes including mosques, mausoleums, bazaars, bridges and palaces have survived from the ancient times. Iranians knew how to build tall buildings with vast inner space, and Nasir al-Mulk mosque is another example of an architecture which is in harmony with their belief and the surrounding nature. The Pink Mosque is comprised of a very complicated structure, with the vast use of colors, tile works and great symbolic patterns. Reflecting the light of the sun, domes of the mosques appeared like glittering turquoise gem and could be seen from miles away by travelers following the Silk Road through Iran.
There are many modern mosques around the world build in the past decades which are indeed architectural masterpiece. But they might not be considered historically as precious as the ancient mosques in Muslim countries. For that matter, Iran has a collection of beautiful mosques. There’s nothing like early morning light falling through a multicolored stained glass window casting designs on a Persian carpet in the middle of immaculately tiled pink columns. Those formulated patterns transform the atmosphere and illuminate the hallways with a magical impact on the minds of believer. Imagine sitting in the middle of this room with the warmth of stained-glass light around you. The reflected sunlight will infuse the feeling of purity in the elevated souls.
Visit pink mosque and u will feel nothing but be bewildered at the perfection and uniqueness of this master piece.
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