If you traveled to the Shāh Chérāgh mosque in Shiraz, Iran, you might think that there isn’t anything particularly special about it.
But upon stepping inside its walls, you would be completely blown away by all of the breathtaking beauty it has to offer. That’s because the interior is covered in countless shards of mirror glass. They reflect light to create the most gorgeous visuals that you’ll probably ever have the pleasure of witnessing.
Here is the view from the outside. While this is certainly pretty, it doesn’t seem like anything to freak out over.
Just beyond its doors, however, is this incredible sight.
The tomb chamber inside this funerary monument was built around 1130 A.D. to honor Ahmad and Muhammad, two brothers who had taken refuge in Shiraz during the persecution of Shia Muslims.
But it didn’t receive its name until it was later found by someone who had been drawn in by its illuminated graves, discovering the final resting place of the brothers. Ever since, it has been called Shāh Chérāgh, which is Persian for “King of the Light.”
After a building was constructed around the tomb about 200 years later, it became the most important place of pilgrimage in the city. With many architectural additions, it blossomed into the magnificent structure you see today.
Though this gorgeous mosque has suffered a lot of damage due to numerous earthquakes over the years, it has always been restored thanks to many painstaking repairs.
It still remains an extremely popular place for tourists and worshipers alike, and it isn’t hard to see why.
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Whether you’re Muslim or not, I think we can all agree that this is definitely a place worth visiting. I really hope that I’ll be able to see it for myself one day.
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