By Zara Mansoor.
The beautiful “Nasir al-Mulk” Mosque also known as the Pink Mosque because of the pink colour tiles used for its completion and the use of yellow flowers in tiles, located in Shiraz, Iran. Shiraz has tasteful delight to quench your architectural thirst. Although Shiraz has about 200 mosques but architecture of pink mosque is a completely different thing. The inception of this astonishing mosque was emerged at the end of 19th Century, structure was fabricated by two IRANIAN architects Muhammad Hasan-e-Memar and Muhammad Reza Kashi. It was erected in Qajar period and named after a Qajar King who wished its construction. It was constructed by the order of Mirza Hasan Ali Nasir-al Mulk and took 12 years in completion.
From the beginning of dawn the mosque is filled with ravishing colors and lights. Sun shines through the glass and fills the inside, the persian rugs, the ceiling and wall tiles with patterns and colours. The rising sun makes the whole room burst with shades like in a kaleidoscope. When the Sun hits stained glass of the mosque the entire building folds into a rainbow of colours. It stupefies one that how the architects were able to combine so many shades, colours and alluring delineations into one fine mosque. It is bursting with colours. Delicate, slightly hazy colourful rays of light lazily crawl on Persian carpets underneath the windows. The whole interior seems a little unreal, just like in a Disney fairy tale. Nobody can expect that looks so spectacular!
Elegance, fame, tranquillity are all one finds in Nasir- al Mulk mosque. The mosque gets hold of two prayer halls, eastern and western. Visitors find unique muqarnas in the entrance portal of mosque. On the both sides of the arch at the second floor one discovers breathtaking coloured tiles on the walls. One prayer hall is having 12 carved columns, eye catching and colourful tiles in the ceiling and walls and stained glass windows. Some Arts of this mosque are remarkable like tiling, painting in roofs of loggia, colorful glasses, columns and the beautiful decorations of Mihrab.
If we go to a little history we see that, Iran had many periods and Islamic period is also appeared as a part of Persian history. Every period had some unique and undying characteristics like architecture, social etc and every period’s architecture was peculiar and pleasing in its own way.
The Qajar period had not the glory and greatness of some previous periods like some cities Isfahan, Tabriz and Qazvin were extended and developed in safavid era with grand and unique mosques, schools, carevansarais and complexes. But in Qajar period some cities like Tehran, Shiraz, Yazd and Kashan were raised by building mosques, bathes and palaces. The supreme monument is marked of Qajar’s era “Nasir-ul Mulk” mosque which is noted as everyone’s centre of attention.
“Zara Mansoor is a student of media studies and based in Islamabad. She is an article writer, blogger and contributes to various magazines. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org“