Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran

“The mosque is called by many different names. Mostly known as the “Pink Mosque” … This is a space where light and worship intertwine. The mosque comes to life with the sunrise and colours dance throughout the day like whirling dervishes. It reflects on the ground, walls, the arches and the towering spires … ”

http://muslimheritage.com/article/mosque-whirling-colours-mixture-architecture-and-art-nas%C4%ABr-al-mulk-mosque-shiraz-iran

 

 

 

 

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Shah-e-Cheragh, Shiraz, Iran

“The most important pilgrimage centre of the city of Shiraz is the Mausoleum of Mir Sayyed Ahmad, the son of the seventh Emam known as Shah-e-Cheragh (the Shrine of the lord of the light), which is situated near the Masjed-e-No. Mir Sayyed Ahmad came to Ahiraz at the beginning of the third Islamic century, and died there.

After the shrines of Imam Reza in Mashhad and Fatima in Qum, the third most venerated pilgrimage destination in Iran is the shrine of Shah Cherag in the city of Shiraz.”

http://www.iranreview.org/content/Documents/Shah_e_Cheragh_Mausoleum.htm

 

 

 

Vank Catherdral, Isfahan, Iran

Holy Savior Cathedral (Armenian: Սուրբ Ամենափրկիչ Վանք, Surp Amenaprgich Vank; Persian: کلیسای وانک or آمنا پرکیج, Kelisa-ye Vank or Amenapergich‎‎; ), also known as Vank Cathedral and The Church of the Saintly Sisters, is a cathedral in Isfahan, Iran. Vank means “monastery” or “convent” in the Armenian language.

Construction is believed to have begun in 1606 by the first arrivals,[2] and completed with major alterations to design between 1655 and 1664 under the supervision of Archbishop David. The cathedral consists of a domed sanctuary, much like a Persian mosque, but with the significant addition of a semi-octagonal apse and raised chancel usually seen in western churches. The cathedral’s exteriors are in relatively modern brickwork and are exceptionally plain compared to its elaborately decorated interior.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vank_Cathedral

Wonder of Iran : http://www.payvand.com/news/10/aug/1217.html

 

Imam (Shah) Mosque, Isfahan, Iran

“Built during the Safavid period, it is an excellent example of Islamic architecture of Iran, and regarded as one of the masterpieces of Persian Architecture. The Shah Mosque of Esfahan is one of the everlasting masterpieces of architecture in Iran. It is registered, along with the Naghsh-i Jahan Square, as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Its construction began in 1611, and its splendor is mainly due to the beauty of its seven-colour mosaic tiles and calligraphic inscriptions. The mosque is one of the treasures featured on Around the World in 80 Treasures presented by the architecture historian Dan Cruickshank.”

Imam (Shah) Mosque in Isfahan, Iran

 

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque, Isfahan, Iran

Sheikh Lotfollah Mosque (Persian: مسجد شیخ لطف الله‎‎)[2] is one of the architectural masterpieces of Safavid Iranian architecture, standing on the eastern side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square, Isfahan, Iran.

The purpose of this mosque was for it to be a private mosque of the royal court … For this reason, the mosque does not have any minarets and is of a smaller size.

When reaching the entrance of the mosque, one would have to walk through a passage that winds round and round, until one finally reaches the main building. Along this passage there were standing guards, and the obvious purpose of this design was for the women of the harem to be shielded as much as possible from anyone entering the building.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheikh_Lotfollah_Mosque

 

The Grand Bazaar, Tehran, Iran

“The Grand Bazaar is an old historical market in Tehran, the capital of Iran.

Located at the Arg Square in Southern Tehran, it is split into several corridors over 10 km in length, each specializing in different types of goods, and has several entrances, with the main being the entrance of Sabze Meydan.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Bazaar,_Tehran

How to get there : Take metro to Panzdah Khordad Station

If you want to save money for foods, I would recommend a nice restaurant in Sayyed Vali Street. The chicken rice was delicious, cheap and big portion.

 

 

Chora Museum, Istanbul, Turkey

“The mosaics and frescoes in the Chora are the most beautiful examples dating from the last period of the Byzantine painting (14th century). The characteristic stylistic elements in those mosaics and frescoes are the depth, the movements and plastic values of figures and the elongation of figures.

After continuing to serve as a church following the conquest of Istanbul in 1453, the building was converted into a mosque in 1511 by Vizier Hadim Ali Pasha. It was converted into a museum in 1945, and during the restoration in 1948-1959 carried out by the Byzantine Institute of America, the mosaics and frescoes were uncovered and brought to the daylight.”

http://www.choramuseum.com/chora-church/

Opening hours :

  • 9:00 – 19:00 from Apr 15
  • 9:00 – 17:00 from Oct 1

Admission fee :

  • 15 TL

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Blue Mosque, Istanbul, Turkey

“The Blue Mosque (Called Sultanahmet Camii in Turkish) is an historical mosque in Istanbul. The mosque is known as the Blue Mosque because of blue tiles surrounding the walls of interior design. Mosque was built between 1609 and 1616 years, during the rule of Ahmed I … Besides still used as a mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque has also become a popular tourist attraction in Istanbul.”

How to Visit Blue Mosque ?

http://www.bluemosque.co/