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Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, also known as “the Pink Mosque”, is a traditional mosque in Shiraz. It is located at the district of Gowad-e-Araban, near Sahcheragh Mosque. The mosque was built during the Qajar era, and is still in use under protection by Endowment Foundation of Nasir al-Mulk. It was built from 1876 to 1888 by the order of Mirza Hasan Ali (Nasir al-Mulk), a Qajar ruler. The designers were Mohammad-Hasan-e Memar and Mohammad-Reza Kashi-Saz-e Shirazi.

The mosque includes extensive colored glass in its facade, and displays other traditional elements such as the Panj Kase (“five concaved”) design. It is named in popular culture as the Pink Mosque, due to the usage of considerable pink color tiles for its interior design.

You can see the light through the stained glass only in the early morning. It was built to catch the morning sun, so that if you visit at noon it will be too late to catch the light. The sight of the morning sunlight shining through the colorful stained glass, then falling over the tightly woven Persian carpet, is so bewitching that it seems to be from another world.

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