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The “Pink” Mosque

 

The Pink Mosque

Art in historical architecture: The famous Nasir al-mulk mosque located in Shiraz (Iran) was built from 1876 to 1888 by architects Muhammad Hasan-e-Memar and Muhammad Reza Kashi Paz-e-Shirazi. Also known by the locals as the “Pink Mosque”, the mosque has colourful stained glass windows that illuminate the insides of the mosque especially where the morning sun shines through the windows.

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It transforms the inside of the mosque into a kaleidoscope of colours, as if there was a colourful discoball in the room. The exquisite colours, varying shapes and sizes of the stained-glass window panels results in a myriad of patterns and hues dancing on the floor. Intricate tiles, magnificent domes and arches enhance the beauty of this mosque.

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Contrary to what others might expect of historical architecture being dull and monochromatic, this mosque is bursting with colour and life. It is surprising and somewhat difficult to believe that this mosque has been built during the Qajar dynastry in 1888. Only a few other mosques, such as the Masjid al-agsa and Istanbul’s famous Blue Mosque, features stained-glass windows.

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The article appeared on Art Republik.

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