Out-Of-This-World: The Shimmering Walls at Iran’s Emerald Mosque

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Very strict religious and cultural rules dictate iconography and decoration of buildings of worship in the Islamic faith. But all of these restrictions does not mean that Islamic places of worship don’t have the capacity to inspire wonder in the beholder. One of the most beautiful of all of the mosques is the Islamic world is perhaps the awe-inspiring, shining mosque of Shah Cheragh.

Shah Cheragh is a mosque based in the historic Iranian city of Shiraz. The astonishingly designed mosque features intricately placed mosaics made of mirror shards of green, silver, and blue glass which cover every wall, including the exteriors. This means that the mosque shimmers and glitters in the sunlight as the people of the city walk past it.

Inside the building, the design is no less inspiring. Glittering chandeliers are hung from every one of the ceilings which spatter dancing lights across the reflective, shimmering domes inside the main chamber. The fabulous coating of the interior walls creates an ethereal and almost otherworldly experience for worshippers inside the mosque. The deep green and silver spangled walls create the sensational that the congregation is stepping into an enchanted forest. Owing to its extraordinary design Shah Cheragh is also known as the Emerald Mosque and the Shrine to the King of the Light.

Shah Cheragh has a long and fascinating history. It was initially built in the 12th century as a commemorative memorial to the brothers Ahmad and Muhammad who had fled to the city of Shiraz during the 10th-century persecution of Shia Muslims. It is now considered to be one of the holiest Shia shrine sites in Iran and naturally draws a great deal of attention. Friday night prayers at the mosque are always significantly well attended, and worshippers can often be seen kissing the beautiful walls as they conclude their prayers.

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