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Vakil Mosque

Posted by
Expose (Tehran, Iran) on 6 September 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

Location : Shiraz-Iran

The Vakil Mosque (Persian: مسجد وکیل , Masjed-e Vakil) is a mosque in Shiraz, Iran, situated to the west of the famous Vakil Bazaar next to its entrance. This mosque was built between 1751 and 1773, during the Zand period; however, it was restored in the 19th century during the Qajar period. Vakil means regent which was the title used by Karim Khan the founder of Zand Dynasty. Shiraz was the seat of Karim Khan’s government and he endowed many buildings, including this Mosque.

Vakil Mosque covers an area of 8,660 square meters. It has only two iwans instead of the usual four, on the northern and southern sides of a large open court. The iwans and court are decorated with typical Shirazi haft rangi tiles, a characteristic feature of the art and industry of Shiraz during the latter half of the 18th century. Its night prayer hall (Shabestan), with an area of approximately 2,700 square meters, contains 48 monolithic pillars carved in spirals, each with a capital of acanthus leaves. The minbar in this hall is cut from a solid piece of green marble with a flight of 14 steps and is considered to be one of the master pieces of the Zand period. The exuberant floral decorative tiles largely date from the Qajar period.

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akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful light and architeccture.
Thank you very much for your comments.

6 Sep 2009 7:42am

D . A from tehran, Iran

great work
honare irani ro be behtarin shekl be tasvir keshidin !
lezat bordam
movaffagh bashid

6 Sep 2009 8:18am

Mags from Paris, France

This place is SO beautiful!

6 Sep 2009 9:25am

Marie-Jezaria from Paris, France

A wonderful DOF !
Beautiful shot !
Well done !

6 Sep 2009 12:58pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Excellent detail. Superb.

6 Sep 2009 4:08pm

bruno from les Ollières, France

Superb shot !

6 Sep 2009 6:16pm

Sergei Z from Türi, Estonia

Beautiful place!

6 Sep 2009 8:55pm

Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

MArekast. zibast. harf nadareh... digeh nemidonam chi begam

6 Sep 2009 11:39pm

Bill Brown from California, United States

Fabulous detail and light!

7 Sep 2009 2:34am

matt from Sydney, Australia

very peaceful

7 Sep 2009 4:58am

Jan from United States

Stunningly beautiful site. I love the ceiling mosaics!

8 Sep 2009 1:52am

Rasool from Vancouver, Canada

Akkss besyar zibayest ,,,az lahaz tecniq va maana ,vaghan kamel ast

8 Oct 2009 1:16am