Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque in Shiraz, Iran, is a well-known tourist attraction, thanks to its colorful natural lights.
The colors were formed by stained glass windows which pass sunlight in scenic geometric shapes, Mehr News reports.
This picturesque piece of Islamic architecture was built during the Qajar dynasty at the end of the 19th century. It was completed after 12 years of construction in 1888 under the Qajar ruler Mirza Hasan Ali, nicknamed ‘Nasirol-Molk’.
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The brilliant designers of the building, Mohammad Hasan-e-Memar and Mohammad Reza Kashi-Saz-e-Shirazi, luminously placed extensive colored glass in the mosque’s façade. They also displayed other traditional elements such as the Panj Kase aka ‘Five Concaved’ design.
Moreover, they used several considerable pink color tiles for its interior design which stands as one of the masterpieces of the Islamic World.
Masterpiece of Islamic Art
The mosque covers an area of 2,890 m2 decorated with Islamic traditional tiling and muqarnas; a form of ornamented vaulting in Islamic architecture.
With dazzling stained glass, thousands of painted tiles on the ceiling and rugs covering the floor, this mosque is a gorgeous rainbow of color in every direction, like stepping into a kaleidoscope.
The courtyard has a rectangular pool in the center, surrounded by flowers. The building’s facade features dozens of Islamic arches, adding to the beauty of the light show from the stained glass.
Uniqueness and Brilliance
The best time to visit the dome-less mosque is early in the morning before 9 am. At this time, the hall and the carpets are illuminated by direct sunlight with a kaleidoscope of patterned light.
Scientifically, a kaleidoscope is an optical instrument with two or more reflecting surfaces tilted to each other in an angle, so that one or more parts of objects on one end of the mirrors are seen as a regular symmetrical pattern when viewed from the other end, due to repeated reflection.
The reflectors are usually enclosed in a tube, often containing on one end a cell with loose, colored pieces of glass or other transparent and/or opaque materials to be reflected into the viewed pattern.
Rotating the cell causes motion of the materials, resulting in an ever-changing view being presented.
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