Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque (The Pink Mosque)
We Iranians believe, the mosque is the home of God and so when you step into a mosque, you are the guest of the lord. Here too, the Pink Mosque, is a house of the God, where he is waiting to welcome you in a space Illuminated by his natural Chandeliers and is made of a gorgeous celebration of light and color that offers His guests a totally spiritual atmosphere to forget their life and its challenges for a while.
Every morning when the sunlight comes through the stained glasses and into the hall, a hypnotizing beauty is created that isn’t comparable to any other of Iran's beauties. Due to this, it has several names such as the "Pink Mosque," the "Mosque of Colors," the "Rainbow Mosque" or the "Kaleidoscope mosque."
The beauties of this elegant mosque aren't limited to the dance of colors in the morning; here you will see the most exquisite colored tiling in deep blue and pink color, a very round dome glittering in an eye-catching turquoise color and a dignified architecture are just some of the impressive features of this beautiful mosque.
You can only see the light through the stained glass 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.
Even if you are the world’s least religious person, you might feel your hands coming together in prayer naturally when you see the brilliance of this light. Perhaps the builders of this mosque wanted to show their “faith” through the morning light shining through this stained glass.
One of Qajar dynasty rulers, Mirza Hassan Ali Nasir Al-Molk ordered it to be built in 1876 and took approximately 12 years to complete.