Nasir ol Molk Mosque is one of the oldest mosques in Shiraz. This mosque is geographically located in district of Gowad-e-Araban, which was formerly known as Ishaq Beyg, in the south of Lotf Ali Khan’s street, near the Shah Cheragh and in Nasir ol Molk street.
Historical background: The name of this building is Nasir al-Malik Shiraz, son of Mirza Ali Akbar, one of the influential rulers of Fars province. By the order of Mirzā Hasan Ali the construction of the mosque began in 1876 and completed on 1888.
Nasir ol Molk Mosque was built by Mirza Muhammad Hassan and Mohammad Reza. Nasir ol Molk Mosque is considered to be the most valuable mosque in Iran in terms of the tileworks and the concept of construction, especially the tileworks and muqarnas are unique.
The area is 2890 square meters and the infrastructure is 2216 square meters. This mosque is named the Pink Mosque, due to the usage of considerable pink color glass for its interior design.
Nasir ol Molk Mosque has two Shabestans, one in the west and one in the east of the eastern shabestan which was the winter shabestan and it is towards the Qibla. This shabestan must be used in very hot summer, which is designed to prevent direct direct sunlight and the heating of the shabestan. Western Shabestan is one of the most beautiful shabestans of mosques in Iran, decorated with tiles and bricks with floral paintings, but some repairs were made about 70 years ago, which covered the old tiles and paintings with the turquoise tile.
Columns of this mosque are one of the most beautiful columns of historic places in Shiraz, which start with a series of pots. This shabestan has a 6-pillar column which two vaults kept the roof.
There are 22 vaults, and seven arch vaults placed between the two columns. At the end of this row we can see the wonderful tile fountains and niche. The main body of the mosque is mostly brick, but the architect has brought the tile to avoid the uniformity of the wall.
In the western shabestan, a magnificent niche has been created by making holes in the wooden body of shabestan.