Nasir al-Mulk mosque, Shiraz, Iran


One of the most beautiful mosques in Shiraz is the Nasir  al-Mulk also known as the Pink Mosque built in the last quarter of the 19th century during Qajar dynasty rule of Persia. Construction began in 1876 and was completed in 1888.

The mosque includes extensive coloured glass in its façade, and displays other traditional elements such as the Panj Kāse (“five concaved”) design. The Qajar period came with the revival of the production of tilework in parallel with the importation of floral and bright-coloured designed tile work from factories in Britain, France, and Germany. Tilework imported from Europe was characterized with having depictions of landscape, European architecture, or beautiful women and were widely used in the interiors of residential houses and palaces in the Qajar period.

Nasir al Mulk mosque was built at the peak of the westernization of Iran. Many depictions of western architecture on tilework displayed on the interior walls of the mosque as well as oddly bright colourful designs defining the mosque uniquely from original Persian architecture seen in the 13th and 14th century. Although the iwan of the mosque is very similar in structure to the originals seen in many Persian mosques,  in Nasir al Mulk mosque the iwan is designed with bright-coloured floral designs rather than turquoise colored geometrical shapes. Floral designs and western architectural depictions on walls of the mosque make up an important and undeniable feature of the mosque showing the western influence on Islamic Iran in the 19th century.



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