Faster, faster… Michal was chasing me all the way. We got lost in the narrows streets of the bazaar once again. Poor quality map from the guidebook wasn’t helping much. With every step we made, frustration was growing. During such an early hour, there was no one on the streets. In my head I had one thought: We must be there before 9! Finally, we noticed a man discharging lazily boxes full of oranges. With despair in our eyes, we run to him together: How to get to Masjed-e Nasir al Mulk? Apparently we weren’t the first ones lost there. He only smiled indulgently and pointed: here.
It turned out that we were wandering around it for a long time… To excuse us, we must add that this mosque from the outside looks rather modest, like any other temple in this city, squeezed between not very eye-catching buildings. We simply didn’t expect that the most picture-perfect mosque in the world might look so unimpressive! But let’s be honest – it’s not the façade which attracts hundreds of photographers from around the world, but the extraordinary, full of magic interior.
INSIDE THE NASIR AL MULK MOSQUE
It wasn’t different for us. I must admit that thanks to photographs from this place, we started thinking about taking a trip to Iran. The interior of XIX century Nasir al Mulk mosque is decorated with pink tiles, hence it is often called the Pink Mosque. However, most impressive are stained-glass windows in the winter prayer hall. The rising sun makes the whole room bursting with colors like in a kaleidoscope. Delicate, slightly hazy colorful rays of light lazily crawl on Persian carpets underneath the windows. The whole interior seems a little unreal, like in a Disney fairy tale… We didn’t expect that looks so spectacular! There are few places in the world that even though you could see it on hundreds of photos, they will impress when you actually see it.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT NASIR AL MULK MOSQUE?
About 11 a.m. magic begins to slowly disappear – the sun is too high above the horizon. We came around 9 a.m. and only to find a crowd of people… Everyone tried to make the perfect picture of colorful lights. It somehow turned into an amusing scene, when some people tried to take a picture, while not spoiling the effect by shadows of other photographers… Some Asian tourists who went all in and put white chador on, took pictures while pretending to be praying. Overall, it looked a bit funny. All in all, we had to wait a little longer to take our pics – after 10 a.m. tourists began to leave, and we could quietly soak up in the unique interior. We would also advise you to come here around 10 when there is less tourists, but the effect still persists.
How much time do you need? 1,5 – 2h, mosque is open at 8 a.m.
How to get there? Mosque is located a few streets away from the Bazar-e Vakil at Loft Ali Khan Blvd, but in the maze of streets, you can easily miss its surprisingly ordinary looking façade – it’s best to ask someone for directions, maps in guidebooks are unfortunately not the best.
Fee: 16 000 tomans/ 4 EUR per person. Man at the entrance collects postcards from around the world, it would be nice if you share some from your country with him 😉
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